Cabinet to consider Suffolk Rail Prospectus


SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL’S cabinet is set to consider whether to endorse demands for hourly rail services between Ipswich and Peterborough and new carriages as part of a Suffolk Rail Prospectus.

The report being put to cabinet on Tuesday 11 December will outline what the county considers to be necessary improvements to the rail network in Suffolk.

Recommendations include:

  • A requirement in the next Greater Anglia rail franchise for an hourly service between Ipswich and Peterborough.

 

  • A requirement for completely refurbished or new inter-city rolling stock early in the new franchise.


If the cabinet agrees to endorse the Suffolk Rail Prospectus, the county council will then proceed in seeking further endorsement from the Local Enterprise Partnership Transport Forum.

Councillor Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads and transport, said: “Rail has a vital and growing part to play in Suffolk’s sustainable development by linking growing towns to London and other important regional markets including Norwich, Colchester, Bury St edmunds and Cambridge.

“Suffolk Rail Prospectus sets out to government what Suffolk needs now and in the future. If the county is to continue to grow economically there must be a strong rail infrastructure in support.”

A full version of the cabinet report and the Suffolk Rail Prospectus is available via: http://committeeminutes.suffolkcc.gov.uk/searchResult.aspx?qry=c_committee~~The%20Cabinet

By Cheryl Gray on December 3rd, 2012