Get on line to try and improve rail service

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Residents are being reminded they have just a few days left to try and influence what kind of rail service Newmarket has in the future.

The East Anglia Rail passenger franchise is currently under discussion, and is set to be agreed later this year.

Rachel Wood, a member of the Newmarket Vision tourism delivery group said: “By taking part in the consultation we have the opportunity to influence the terms of the new contract and if an improved service on our line is not part of these terms, it may be many years before we have another chance.”

It is the second opportunity for residents to submit their view over local rail services. The first consultation which ended last month was for Network Rail’s Anglia route study infrastructure upgrade. The Vision group has suggested that anyone taking part in the consultation could make recommendations including the introduction of a half-hourly service Monday to Sunday upgrading the current hourly service Monday to Saturday, and the two-hourly service on Sunday; and brand the Cambridge Newmarket Bury Stowmarket to Ipswich line as an important cross-county heritage line, not just a branch line.

The group believes there should also be better connections in Cambridge with trains to and from London and an improved late night service. “You could also add any evidence about how changes would improve outcomes for the concerns or businesses you are linked with, or how the current service stifles growth,” said Rachel. The consultation closes on Monday and the document is on www.gov.uk/government/consultations/east-anglia-rail-passenger-franchise Complete the consultation online at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/east-anglia-consultation