Speaking at the East Anglia Rail Summit, held at Westminster on September 7, Rail Minister Paul Maynard spoke of the need for 'effective collaboration'.
He said of the concerns regarding infrastructure improvements and delays: “Essentially, it is sitting round a table and collaborating by having track and trains separate. To my mind, effective collaboration is the only way for Network Rail to deliver.”
Colchester MP Will Quince pointed out that NR was unaware of plans for 15,000 new homes in the Essex town, many of which could house commuters. Maynard replied: “Local bodies need representation.”
And responding to a question about disruption that will be caused by the infrastructure improvements, Maynard said: “No one expects to see improvements without pain, but the quality of planning must manifest itself.
“In my meetings with Network Rail we have constructive but challenging meetings. How will it improve passengers’ experience? If it’s convenient for industry and not passengers, I will look at that unfavourably.”
- For more on Maynard's speech, read RAIL 810, published on September 28.
- For more EXCLUSIVE content from the summit, read RAIL 810, published on September 28.