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£2.2 billion to improve rail network across anglia region

Work has begun on the Canal Tunnels in Central London Photo: ITV News Anglia

£2.2 billion is to be spent on making improvements to the rail networks across the anglia region, Network Rail has announced.

The money will be spent on junction improvements, signalling upgrades and increasing capacity on many routes.

One major project that is already underway is the Canal Tunnels. Although the construction is in Central London, it's rail users travelling into London from our region who will feel the benefits.

When the tunnel opens in 2018, passengers travelling from Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, who currently have to change at King's Cross, will just be able to stay on the train and carry straight through to St Pancras, then onto Gatwick Airport and the South coast.

Canal Tunnel, Central London Credit: ITV News Anglia

Some of the areas that Network Rail will be carrying out work and making changes are listed below.

  • Re-modelling of Ely junction to relieve congestion on West Anglia line
  • £247 million for increasing capacity on the east coast mainline, Peterborough
  • Up to £200 million on improvements at Ipswich and Felixstowe
  • New line service linking Milton Keynes and Bedford to Oxford
  • Electrification of the Bedford to Sheffield line
  • Signalling upgrade on Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft line
  • New signalling operation centre to open next year at Romford, Essex
  • £15 million over the next 2-3 years to look at closing level crossings in at risk areas

The railway in East Anglia is getting busier and passenger numbers are growing year on year. Our response now is to meet the demands placed by the travelling public to deliver more reliable journeys and a safer railway for everyone.

– Richard Schofield, Route Managing Director

Commuters in Cambridge had ideas on what they'd like to see the money spent on.