Rail upgrades to be discussed

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Rail upgrades, required to support Suffolk’s economic development, will be discussed by Suffolk County Council tonight.

Councillors plan to make the government aware of the changes required on Suffolk services well in advance of negotiations for the next franchise.

Amongst the suggestions due to be discussed at tonight’s meeting are an hourly service between Ipswich and Peterborugh, improvements to freight services between Felixstowe and Peterborough and increased capacity and better trains between Ipswich and Cambridge.

Level crossing improvements in Brandon, regular services stopping at Lakenheath on weekdays and weekends and a rail-bus link between Mildenhall and Lakenheath, will also be discussed.

Current operator Greater Anglia’s franchise ends in July 2014, the following franchise is expected to be significantly longer, running for 15 years.