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Big improvement for trains

PUBLISHED: 10:36 14 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:10 03 March 2010

TRAIN travel could be set to dramatically improve in the west of Suffolk after Anglia Railways announced a plan to increase the frequency of services in the area.

TRAIN travel could be set to dramatically improve in the west of Suffolk after Anglia Railways announced a plan to increase the frequency of services in the area.

It is hoped the move to introduce a half-hourly service between Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich will also provide a boost for the local economy.

Under Anglia's new investment plan rural and branch line services would also see an improvement with 15 extra services operating between Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket and Ipswich on weekdays. More trains may also be stopping at Newmarket, Thurston and Elmswell as part of the scheme.

Plans to introduce six new 100mph trains on the region's rail network, from October next year, have been submitted to the Strategic Rail Authority by the company, in an effort to provide people in East Anglia with a "better train service".

Officials from St Edmundsbury Council described the move as "positive" and claimed improved rail links will complement the easy access of the town to the A14 corridor and provide a welcome boost for the local economy.

Richard Spring, West Suffolk's Conservative MP, also greeted the plans with enthusiasm and said: "The western half of the county is benefiting tremendously from the innovation of Cambridge e-commerce and it is vital that communication links are improved."

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