Chancellor issues rail boost

The Chancellor George Osborne has announced a task force to look at creating shorter journey times between Norwich and the capital.

MPs welcome 'Norwich in 90' task force

MPs from around the region have welcomed an announcement from Chancellor George Osborne in which he vowed to set up a task force to look at creating shorter journey times between Norwich and the capital.

“I am delighted that the Chancellor has recognised the real problems that we face here in Norfolk with the speed and reliability of rail travel. It simply takes too long to get to London. Improved journey time could drive growth across our region."

– Norman Lamb, North Norfolk MP

"This is great news for Essex. The Chancellor has taken a great deal of interest in the Great Eastern Main Line. He is fully aware of the economic strength of the region and the business case for investment in the mainline. His announcement is recognition that the campaign for more capacity, better rolling stock and improved rail services for commuters has taken an important step forward."

– Priti Patel, Witham MP

'Norwich in 90' plan moves a step closer

by Emma Baker

The Chancellor George Osborne has announced a task force to look at creating shorter journey times between Norwich and the capital.

It's thought they could be cut by around 20% - from one hour and 50 minutes, to around 90 minutes.

The economic benefits to the region are expected to be huge, with estimates as high as £3.4 billion.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Emma Baker.

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