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Essex MP’s challenge over high speed rail

January 30, 2013 1:37 PM

Taxpayers in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk - and users of the Greater Anglia Line - will be contributing to the cost of the high speed rail from London to the North of England while East Anglia will continue to be neglected in terms of rail investment.

That was what Colchester's Liberal Democrat MP Sir Bob Russell told the House of Commons this afternoon when he challenged the Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, to justify the claim that the benefits of the high speed railway would be much wider that the places directly served by the new line.

Sir Bob asked: "How will it benefit Colchester?"

Mr McLoughlin did not respond directly to this question, but observed that the Government was investing in the rail network in the East of England.