Campaign calls for better rail services

Campaign calls for better rail services

Campaign calls for better rail services

First published in News

COMMUTERS and businesses have been urged to join a campaign calling on the Government to spend more on ther railways.

The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, MPs, businesses and rail leaders have set up a taskforce calling for a more reliable service on the London to Norwich line.

One of the aims is to improve the journey time so Colchester to London takes 40 minutes, instead of 50 minutes.

The Great Eastern Rail Campaign will report to the Government in November, making an economic case for investment in the line, so it needs business and rail users to get in touch.

David Burch, director of policy at Essex Chambers of Commerce and a member of the taskm force, said: “The line is a vital artery for businesses, commuters and residents.

With the county’s economy continuing to grow we believe the proposed improvements are essential to protect jobs and help to create new ones.

“Essex Chambers of Commerce fully supports the campaign in its aspirations to deliver better and faster trains.”

Campaigners want the Government to spend more money on tracks and trains, increase the capacity and improve passengers’ experience.

They want journey times between the capital and Chelmsford improved to 25 minutes, Ipswich in 60 minutes and Norwich in 90 minutes.

For more information about the campaign visit newanglia.co.uk/ gerailcampaign

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5:59pm Fri 25 Jul 14

A_Belly_O says...

This will never happen. Call me cynical but in 16 years of commuting I've seen no improvement whatsoever to our services. It's all just talk.
Why spend £2m on station improvements? Why not put more of this money back in to providing better rolling stock, cleaner trains, better carriages and seating. The trains frequently break down and the line is just terrible. This week has been poor, virtually every journey I've made has been 20-30 mins late. How about achieving a 50 minute journey consistently before even thinking about 40 mins! We shouldn't have to sign up to anything. Our annual fares keep rising and none of this money gets put back in to the network. What happened to the flexible ticket program? Why are people still paying for a month's travel when they need flexibility as so many people work from home...often because the trains aren't running! Nothing ever gets done, the operators change too often and there's no consistency. This is a pointless exercise.
This will never happen. Call me cynical but in 16 years of commuting I've seen no improvement whatsoever to our services. It's all just talk. Why spend £2m on station improvements? Why not put more of this money back in to providing better rolling stock, cleaner trains, better carriages and seating. The trains frequently break down and the line is just terrible. This week has been poor, virtually every journey I've made has been 20-30 mins late. How about achieving a 50 minute journey consistently before even thinking about 40 mins! We shouldn't have to sign up to anything. Our annual fares keep rising and none of this money gets put back in to the network. What happened to the flexible ticket program? Why are people still paying for a month's travel when they need flexibility as so many people work from home...often because the trains aren't running! Nothing ever gets done, the operators change too often and there's no consistency. This is a pointless exercise. A_Belly_O
  • Score: 5

12:16am Sat 26 Jul 14

PROOFREADER says...

Outside of busy periods fast trains to London from Colchester only take forty minutes already.
Outside of busy periods fast trains to London from Colchester only take forty minutes already. PROOFREADER
  • Score: 1

9:27am Sat 26 Jul 14

Shoosh1905 says...

Why is there no mention of what we can do to join this campaign? I wrote to Sir Bob about this back in 2009 and received no response. First point of call is to get that loser out and have somebody who truly cares and will campaign for what's important to this town and region.
There is no reason with a high speed line that Colchester to London couldn't be 35 mins it's only 50 miles. It's far to often 60 or 80 minutes which is a joke.
Why is there no mention of what we can do to join this campaign? I wrote to Sir Bob about this back in 2009 and received no response. First point of call is to get that loser out and have somebody who truly cares and will campaign for what's important to this town and region. There is no reason with a high speed line that Colchester to London couldn't be 35 mins it's only 50 miles. It's far to often 60 or 80 minutes which is a joke. Shoosh1905
  • Score: 2

12:33pm Sat 26 Jul 14

sam vines says...

Shoosh1905 wrote:
Why is there no mention of what we can do to join this campaign? I wrote to Sir Bob about this back in 2009 and received no response. First point of call is to get that loser out and have somebody who truly cares and will campaign for what's important to this town and region.
There is no reason with a high speed line that Colchester to London couldn't be 35 mins it's only 50 miles. It's far to often 60 or 80 minutes which is a joke.
Our local so called representative will not help as it would mean he would have to give up his second home perk.
[quote][p][bold]Shoosh1905[/bold] wrote: Why is there no mention of what we can do to join this campaign? I wrote to Sir Bob about this back in 2009 and received no response. First point of call is to get that loser out and have somebody who truly cares and will campaign for what's important to this town and region. There is no reason with a high speed line that Colchester to London couldn't be 35 mins it's only 50 miles. It's far to often 60 or 80 minutes which is a joke.[/p][/quote]Our local so called representative will not help as it would mean he would have to give up his second home perk. sam vines
  • Score: 7

2:56pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Ontheball says...

When I took the old Inter-City trains into London from Colchester in the 80's it only took 45mins then, under British Rail. The services has definately little in the way of new trains or infrustructure since then! The Great Eastern line has always been treated as a backwater. It's about time whoever gets the new franchise is made to put in some real money to get new trains and improve running times.
When I took the old Inter-City trains into London from Colchester in the 80's it only took 45mins then, under British Rail. The services has definately little in the way of new trains or infrustructure since then! The Great Eastern line has always been treated as a backwater. It's about time whoever gets the new franchise is made to put in some real money to get new trains and improve running times. Ontheball
  • Score: 3

6:30pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Frank Scully says...

I've used this line twice this weekend between Colchester and Stratford and it was fine. The intercity rolling stock is a bit ancient. About time B Russell Mp lobbied for improvements instead of faffing around with silly save our water nonsense that has zero benefits for most people.
I've used this line twice this weekend between Colchester and Stratford and it was fine. The intercity rolling stock is a bit ancient. About time B Russell Mp lobbied for improvements instead of faffing around with silly save our water nonsense that has zero benefits for most people. Frank Scully
  • Score: 3

1:00pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Slamdoor312 says...

Interesting comments about 40 - 45 mins journey time between Colchester and London. The best it's ever been is the current hourly non stop service at 47 mins. unfortunately unless you want to add another two tracks alongside what you already have (the cost would have the govt bean counters choking on their prawn sandwichs) it just can't happen. There are too many opposing interests along the route demanding to save a few more minutes. The most vocal being these in Norfolk demanding the ridiculous 'Norwich in 90' which could be achieved - if you cleared the line of all other services.

Let's lose this obsession with saving a few minutes and concentrate on improving capacity in the constraints there are. Longer trains where platform lengths allow and replacing the inadequate and unnreliable locomotive hauled Norwich services with units that have vastly superior seating capacity and a lot less First Class.

Unlikely though, as the suited pomposity would be giving the the train company management serious grief down the golf club. And that just wouldn't do.

Oh, and please don't expect Sir (what the hell for) Bob to be bothered with it. Bit too comlicated.
Interesting comments about 40 - 45 mins journey time between Colchester and London. The best it's ever been is the current hourly non stop service at 47 mins. unfortunately unless you want to add another two tracks alongside what you already have (the cost would have the govt bean counters choking on their prawn sandwichs) it just can't happen. There are too many opposing interests along the route demanding to save a few more minutes. The most vocal being these in Norfolk demanding the ridiculous 'Norwich in 90' which could be achieved - if you cleared the line of all other services. Let's lose this obsession with saving a few minutes and concentrate on improving capacity in the constraints there are. Longer trains where platform lengths allow and replacing the inadequate and unnreliable locomotive hauled Norwich services with units that have vastly superior seating capacity and a lot less First Class. Unlikely though, as the suited pomposity would be giving the the train company management serious grief down the golf club. And that just wouldn't do. Oh, and please don't expect Sir (what the hell for) Bob to be bothered with it. Bit too comlicated. Slamdoor312
  • Score: 0

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