GILES QUESTIONS MINISTERS ON LOCAL RAIL SERVICES

Giles Watling, MP for Clacton, has questioned Ministers from the Department for Work and Pensions on Universal Credit. This took place at DWP Questions on 9th March 2020, the transcript of which is below:

Giles Watling MP:

Greater Anglia, which runs the trains round our way, is currently introducing a £1.4 billion fleet of brand new trains—very good. Among other benefits, that will support the local economy and tackle social exclusion. However, the great eastern main line needs to be upgraded quickly. What steps is the Department taking to ensure that key upgrades, such as the Bow junction remodelling, extra loops between Chelmsford and Colchester, and the provision of digital signalling, are delivered within the next five to 10 years?

Minister of State, Department of Transport (Chris Heaton-Harris MP)

The new Greater Anglia train fleet will certainly deliver many benefits, including extra passenger capacity on the great eastern main line. I am particularly interested, too, in seeing the results of the great eastern main line taskforce study work on the upgrades my hon. Friend mentions, and the renewal of the strategic outline business case and wider economic benefit studies so we can move forward.

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