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Bid to transform rail network

PUBLISHED: 04:45 11 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:10 03 March 2010

IPSWICH-based train company Anglia Railways is about to submit a bid to the Strategic Rail Authority to transform its local rail network next year.

It wants to order another six two-car units which would allow it to improve services between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge, Lowestoft and Peterborough.

IPSWICH-based train company Anglia Railways is about to submit a bid to the Strategic Rail Authority to transform its local rail network next year.

It wants to order another six two-car units which would allow it to improve services between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge, Lowestoft and Peterborough.

If approval is given, there would be an extra seven weekday services between Ipswich and Cambridge and a further six extra services to Bury St Edmunds, all would serve Stowmarket.

There would be an extra two services on the East Suffolk line from Ipswich to Lowestoft through Woodbridge, Wickham Market and Saxmundham.

And there would be an extra two trains a day on the important cross-country link from Ipswich to Peterborough where there are rail connections for Scotland, the north of England and the midlands.

Anglia also wants to increase the number of local trains it runs from Norwich to Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth, and Sheringham. The new services would start in October 2003.

As well as seeking financial support from the government's Strategic Rail Authority, the company is also seeking backing from local councils and the East of England Development Agency.

The bid comes even though Anglia's franchise to run rail services in the region is due to expire just six months after the services are introduced – a new "Greater Anglia" franchise is due to come into operation in April 2004.

However SRA backing for the new services should ensure they continue to run whoever wins the new franchise for East Anglian services.

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