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Rail campaigners meet Transport Secretary

Calls for more investment in Norwich to London line Credit: ITV Anglia

Campaigners calling for greater investment in the Norwich to London railway line have a personal meeting with the Transport Secretary tonight.

They say half a billion pounds needs to be spent to deliver a faster and more reliable service. They claim it would bring enormous economic benefit to the region and create tens of thousands of jobs.

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Chancellor asked to approve £500 million rail upgrade for Norwich to London

Today the Chancellor has been asked to sanction the £476 million pound upgrade for the Norwich to London rail line in next month's Autumn statement.

If he does, journey times from the Capital to Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk will be reduced within the next decade.

The big investment would not only attract billions of pounds to the region, it would also bring in thousands of new jobs.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson.

New report calls for more investment in the region's railways

Photocall at Norwich station before the report is sent to London Credit: ITV News Anglia
Great Eastern Rail Campaign Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new report that's been put together by business leaders, calling for more investment in railway services in the east, is being taken to Government today.

The report which has taken a year to compile, asks for half a billion pounds to improve the railways.

Click below to watch a short clip from Mark Pendlington who has worked on the report and is the Chair of the New Anglia LEP.

Train report calls for nearly £500m investment in the region's transport links

Campaign for faster links to Liverpool Street Credit: PA

A report submitted today is calling on the Chancellor to announce an investment of more than £475 million in the Great Eastern Mainline in his autumn statement.

Campaigners claim that investment in the region's transport links could unlock £4.5 billion of economic potential.

Improve infrastructure plea Credit: ITV News Anglia

The report calls the investment a "once in a lifetime opportunity" and details key improvements needed for a faster train service.

We could be the California of Europe, yet we have some of the oldest trains in Britain.

Our rail service is over-crowded, the infrastructure not resilient to failures. It is as quick to go 225 miles over land and sea from London to Brussels as it is on the train to Norwich, over half the distance.

We can’t go on like this.

– Great Eastern Main Line Rail Taskforce

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Delays on rail line between Norwich and London

A signalling fault has caused delays and cancellation on the rail line between Norwich and London. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Train services between Liverpool Street and Chelmsford, Braintree, Colchester, Clacton, Ipswich and Norwich have been disrupted in both directions due to an earlier fault with the signalling equipment between Chelmsford and Shenfield.

Abellio Greater Anglia said: "Train services running through these stations are returning to normal but some services may still be cancelled or delayed by up to 20 mins at short notice."

Disruption is expected until noon.

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