Proper transport links are vital to our prosperity. In order to develop our local economy and promote local businesses and opportunities for the next generation, we need to be connected to the rest of the world. Having secured the dualling of the A11 and A47, upgraded rail links are the next step on that journey.
That’s why I have launched a campaign for ‘The Innovation Express’ between Norwich and Cambridge. Despite being only 50 miles apart, travelling between the two places is difficult and takes too long. By linking them better together we can unlock a world class “innovation corridor” linking Cambridge with Ely, Brandon, Thetford, Attleborough, Wymondham and Norwich, to the benefit of the local communities, local business and the regional economy.
This ‘Innovation Express’ has the potential to drive growth and prosperity in our region for the next generation, and I will continue to fight for further investment over the next five years.
For decades, successive governments have underfunded our transport network here in the East – which is why one of my central missions as an MP has been the improvement of our transport infrastructure in this region, and why I so greatly welcome the Prime Minister and Government’s commitment to “levelling-up” the places that have for too long been “left-behind”.
Fast modern rail is crucial to modern economies around the world. Here in the East, people are sitting in cars and trains going nowhere fast in an area that has a lot more to offer – and where we should be generating more of our own economic growth and prosperity.