Bury MP calls for new rail franchise to deliver improvements

Jo Churchill MP ANL-150607-173402001
Jo Churchill MP ANL-150607-173402001

Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill has called on the Government to consider the ‘desperate need for improvements’ when she grants the East Anglian Rail Franchise.

With franchise bids closing today, she used an adjournment debate last night to call on Clare Perry, Parliamentary-Under-Secretary of State for Transport, to take into the consideration the ‘desperate need’ for improvements including upgraded rolling stock, service frequency and reliability as well as station facilities.

Mrs Churchill was joined by other East Anglia MPs in a lively session, raising raised issues including branch line delays and poor inter-connectivity.

Mrs Churchill said after the debate: “The turnout the debate received just goes to show the importance of this issue to the whole region.

“We were all in agreement last night; the current state of our rail services in East Anglia simply is not good enough.

“The outcome of the franchise bid should deliver inter-connectivity to passengers and the stations and provide the services and rolling stock we need and expect from a twenty first century service.

“This should not just meet the long-held expectations for the region, but exceed them and that was the intention of my debate.

“I am encouraged and feel assured that the needs of East Anglia have been understood and it will be up to the winning franchise, announced in April, to deliver the first class service we need and deserve.”