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Joan Ryan MP calls on the Government to upgrade the West Anglia Main Line

Joan Ryan MP has urged the Government to develop and invest in the West Anglia Rail Line.



Ahead of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, I urged the Government to give the green light for investment to improve the capacity and performance of the West Anglia Rail line, running through the eastern side of Enfield.

You can read my full speech here.

I wholeheartedly support the West Anglia Taskforce report.

Many Enfield North residents who use the Abellio Greater Anglia train service, on the West Anglia Main Line, face cancellations, delays and poor service on a daily basis. Four tracking, as a precursor to Crossrail 2, will radically improve their experience of the railways and provide an essential upgrade to our Borough’s rail infrastructure.

The development of the line will, in turn, help Enfield thrive. New businesses will be attracted to the Borough, those businesses which are already here will want to stay and grow and it will provide a fantastic opportunity to unlock housing and employment potential.

Assessment work carried out by Network Rail has indicated that an upgrade of the current twin tracking of the line, running from Coppermill Junction through Enfield and towards Broxbourne Junction, could reduce delays by half. According to early estimates by the Taskforce, “four-tracking, in advance of Crossrail 2, could add an additional £15 billion to the annual economic output of the West Anglia region.”

The Borough of Enfield has a bright future ahead of it. The compelling case for investment made in the Taskforce’s report will, if implemented, play a crucial role in enabling our Borough to succeed.

Further Reading:

  1. The West Anglia Taskforce was established in September 2015 to put together a business case for investment to improve the capacity and performance of the West Anglia Rail line, along the London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor.
  2. The West Anglia Taskforce is composed of 16 members, including representatives of the rail industry and stakeholders from areas along the line. The Taskforce is chaired by the Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Haselhurst, Member of Parliament for Saffron Walden, and includes the Leader of Enfield Council, Cllr. Doug Taylor. 

  3. The Taskforce published its final report, ‘A strong case for investment in rail to support growth’, on 27 October 2016: https://goo.gl/ISPMiB
  4. The Taskforce’s 5 point call for action includes:

    -      Journey times of 60 minutes to Cambridge and 40 minutes to Stansted in 40 on Liverpool Street services.

    -      Improved service levels to other communities along the route to support economic growth.

    -       A new timetable by 2020 to take advantage of new, faster and longer trains;

    -      Four-tracking the railway in the mid-2020s as a precursor to Crossrail 2 opening in 2033.

    -       Progressing Crossrail 2 ahead of submitting a Hybrid Bill by 2019.

  5. Crossrail 2 has cross-party support, including a commitment in the Government’s election manifesto. It is supported by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and features in the National Infrastructure Plan, the London Plan, the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and Network Rail’s route strategies. For further information on the project, see here: https://goo.gl/EWtHQD

  6. The Autumn Statement will take place on Wednesday 23rd November and will provide an annual update on the government's plans for the economy.

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