Railway plans unveiled

Last week I welcomed Rail Minister Paul Maynard to Bishop’s Stortford for the launch of the West Anglia Taskforce report.

The Taskforce, launched early in 2015, provides recommendations on infrastructure improvements to the West Anglia railway line leading from London to Cambridge, passing through the increasingly popular, but still under-served, Stansted Airport.

The really good news is the provision of totally new trains by 2020 capable of improved line speeds. But without four-tracking the railway between Tottenham Hale and Broxbourne the potential of the new trains will not be realised. Since its inception the Stansted Express has become steadily less express. Only four-tracking can reverse this trend unless all other services are to be sacrificed to the needs of the airport.

The Rail Minister spoke positively of the Taskforce proposals indicating support from the Government, alongside the Chief Executives of Stansted Airport, Abellio Greater Anglia and other local businesses. The report will now be presented to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Transport Secretary. The report will also be debated in the House.