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2001-05-14 ANG-001


East West Railway prospects brighter following approval of Anglia Railways Norwich – Cambridge service

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East West Railway prospects brighter following approval of Anglia Railways Norwich – Cambridge service

14 May 2001
source ATOC
type Press release

The approval of Anglia Railways bid to run a regular direct service between Norwich and Cambridge from October 2002 has provided a timely boost to the prospects for the East-West Rail link, connecting East Anglia with the West of England via Cambridge and Oxford.

The scheme, which has been championed and supported by the East West Rail Consortium – an alliance of local authorities along the route, would offer a number of new direct rail journey opportunities, which are currently either not possible by train at all, or only via London.

With the introduction of extra services by Anglia Railways between Ipswich and Cambridge in this summer’s timetable (which begins on 20 May) and the Norwich to Cambridge services in Autumn 2002, a regular frequency will be in place at the Eastern end of the route.

GB Railways Group (Anglia Railways parent company) in partnership with the East West Rail Consortium, has submitted a bid to the Strategic Rail Authority to run services between Oxford and Bletchley to start the upgrade of services at the western end of the route. A decision is expected on that bid later this year.

GB Railways, as the East West Rail Consortium’s train operating partner company, has also named Skanska plc as its preferred construction company to build the missing link on the route enabling trains to travel between the East Coast Main Line and Bedford.

The combination of these steps forward, allied with the government’s plans to develop the rail network, mean that the prospects for the introduction of the East West Rail Link are the brightest yet, with a real chance that the new service will be approved and built over the next 10 years.

Commenting on the progress on the East West Rail Link, Anglia Railways Corporate Affairs Director, Jonathan Denby, said:

“We are delighted that the combination of Anglia Railways service improvements, GB Railways development plans and the long-standing pressure and support of East West Rail Consortium is bringing the prospect of the East West Rail Link closer. We will continue to support work to bring this exciting scheme to fruition."

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