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.
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.
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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The underpass on Station Road at Ely remains shut in both directions after flooding on Sunday.
The underpass which has the A142 road from Soham to Ely running under it is closed, but drivers can use the level crossing to get in and out of Ely.
Disruption on Greater Anglia between Cambridge and Ipswich due to signalling problem at Dullingham.
All lines are currently blocked and a replacement bus service is being arranged. Greater Anglia currently do not have an estimate as to when a normal service will resume
Disruption on Greater Anglia between Southminster and Wickford due to signalling problem at South Woodham Ferrers.
Trains are unable to run between Wickford and North Fambridge. There is currently no estimate for when normal services will resume
Passengers have been promised improved services with the awarding of a 15-year rail franchise.
The Essex Thameside franchise has gone to present incumbent c2c, which is a National Express company.
As part of the deal, c2c has committed to rolling out a host of passenger benefits costing around £160 million.
“We believe our ambitious plans will transform the franchise again. We will introduce more services, new trains and a ground-breaking Personal Performance Promise. Our ambition is for c2c to stay at the forefront of reliability and punctuality but also set new standards for customer service. Today’s announcement is good news for passengers, taxpayers and shareholders alike.”
The Essex Thamside rail franchise is to stay with its current operator c2c, which is a National Express company.
As part of the deal, c2c has committed to rolling out a host of passenger benefits costing around £60 million.
Dean Finch, National Express Group Chief Executive, said. "I am delighted we will continue to serve the people of East London and South Essex for another 15 years. We have listened to our customers and we local stakeholders and we have challenged ourselves to be at the forefront of innovation.
We believe our ambitious plans will transform the franchise again. We will introduce more services, new trains and a ground breaking Personal Performance Promise. Our ambition is for c2c to stay ay the forefront of reliability and punctuality but also set new standards for customer service."