Improving Rail Services
Since being elected in 2010, Priti has pressed the case for new and long-term investment in rail services and infrastructure on the Great Eastern Main Line (GEML). Despite paying some of the highest fares nationally, GEML commuters have experienced poor service reliability for too long; Priti is determined to change this and secure improvements to deliver a high performing, high quality and world class rail service that local commuters and businesses deserve.
The GEML Taskforce was set up by Priti in 2013 to make the case for investment and she served as Chairman between February 2018 and July 2019. Working closely with rail user groups, local businesses and her Parliamentary colleagues, Priti helped secure £1.5 billion of investment for the current Greater Anglia franchise and £1 billion has been spent on much-needed new trains that are being rolled out across the network throughout 2019 and 2020. Priti has also successfully campaigned for Delay Repay 15 compensation which was introduced in April 2019 and £2.2 billion of investment for Network Rail in Control Period 6 (2019 – 2024) to operate, maintain and renew the railway in the Anglia region.
As Chairman of the GEML Taskforce, Priti led efforts to develop a strategic business case to secure investment for the GEML through the Department for Transport’s Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) process. The business case will highlight the significant growth changes expected across the East Anglia region over the next 25 years, the rail infrastructure enhancements needed to support this growth and the wider economic benefits investment in the GEML will bring people and businesses across the region. The GEML Taskforce’s objective is to submit its business case to the Government in autumn 2019.
Priti believes that the rail network needs to serve the ambitions of local commuters and businesses and while she is no longer directly involved in preparing the GEML Taskforce’s bid for funding, Priti maintains a close interest in its work and continues to make the case for investment on the GEML to improve capacity, maximise the capabilities of the new trains, reduce journey times for rail passengers and support local business growth and job creation across the Witham constituency and the East Anglia region.
To keep up to date with the work of the GEML Taskforce, more information can be found via the following link:https://newanglia.co.uk/great-eastern-rail-campaign/.