Bury St Edmunds MP holds Commons debate to call for major improvements to rail network

Jo Churchill
Jo Churchill

Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill will call for major improvements to East Anglia’s rail network in a House of Commons debate today.

Mrs Churchill is holding an adjournment debate over the East Anglia Rail Franchise bid ahead of its closure tomorrow.

The debate will call upon Clare Perry, Parliamentary-Under-Secretary of State for Transport, to take into consideration the need for 21st century rolling stock, improved station buildings as well as a more frequent and reliable service particularly for Ipswich to Peterborough.

Mrs Churchill will also raise issues for Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds commuters such as overcrowding and poor disabled access.

She will be joined by fellow East Anglia MPs to raise concerns about the current rail service available in the region.

Ahead of the debate, Mrs Churchill said: “Any ambitious plans to drive forward the East Anglia region are entirely dependent on quality railways which at present, we do not have.

“Quite simply, East Anglia is stuck in economy and trailing behind first class UK rail travel.

“With the invitation to tender due to close tomorrow, I want to see it deliver improvements to our stations, stock and services.

“This is about delivering interconnectivity and frequency for passengers irrespective of rural living and appropriate for the 21st century.

“Rail travel is about delivery and that is what I want to see from this tender and from today’s debate.”