Rail Infrastructure Investment in East of England starting to pay off for Cambridge and Norwich.

June 12, 2019 9:07 AM
Originally published by West Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats

Cambridge North at NightThe Liberal Democrats in Coalition worked hard to mitigate the Tories' excessive enthusiasm for what they called "austerity" - just the usual Tory cuts under another name of course.

The Liberal Democrats, especially Vince Cable and Ed Davey, apart from pushing forward massive investment in green energy, were also quietly supporting smaller but useful investment in infrastructure where it mattered most to people and business.

Rail improvements in the East of England were some of these and one in particular - the railfreight route enhancement from the coast to the Midlands - was implement partly with EU grants.

One major component was the opening of the new station of Cambridge North eighteen months ago - where passenger journeys have now reached 550,000 - and with the Hitchin flyover cutting out a junction bottleneck, rail passengers to both cities and the towns in between have increased in number.

35,000 additional journeys were made in 2018 and the total between Norwich and Cambridge has now topped a million a year.

More journeys but with fewer cars and containers on the roads.

Every little helps.