MPs from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire staged a summit meeting in Westminster today to draw up a wish list of improvements for the future.
Their top three priorities: the tracks between Colchester and London, which are the busiest of their kind in Britain. The junction North of Ely - a notorious bottleneck. And better trains across the region.
A journey into the future, but will it be smooth and trouble free?
A thousand million pounds is being invested in our region's rail system. But that will have been spent in two years' time. How much more will then be needed?
Critics say better tracks and trains along with increased reliability and faster journey times are all necessary to bring it into the 21st century.
MPs, business leaders, local authorities and train operators have all been having their say at Westminster today.
Train operators agree our region has been underfunded for years.
Network Rail is spending 1 billion pounds in the Anglia region from 2009 to 2014.
200 million of that is going on modernising old overhead power lines into London: that's the engineering work that causes such disruption at weekends.
Liverpool Street to Stratford is complete - now work's being done between Shenfield and Witham..
Other big projects include:
£16.7 million for longer platforms at Cambridge - allowing longer commuter trains and £21 million for new signalling on the East Suffolk line.