Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia LEP and co-chairman of the Great Eastern Main Line Taskforce, has welcomed the announcement that the three bidders who have pre-qualifed for the Anglia franchise starting in October 2016 must show how they will deliver reduced GEML journey times.
Pendlington said: “This is an important next step in our campaign to get a faster, more reliable rail service for the thousands of long-suffering passengers and businesses across Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex.
“It is especially pleasing to see the rail minister outlining that any bidder should show how they can deliver the recommendations of our Great Eastern Main Line Taskforce, including the key target of achieving Norwich in 90, Ipswich in 60 and Colchester in 40 minutes.
“We look forward to hearing from the three bidders on how they are going to bring new ideas, innovative thinking and renewed energy to a railway that must be fit for 21st century operations and a growing successful economy.”
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