Waveney MP Peter Aldous questioned Transport Minister, Therese Villiers on the contract for the Greater Anglia rail franchise in the House of Commons on 28th June.
Mr Aldous received an assurance from the Minister that the recently announced two and a half year contract for the Great Anglia rail franchise will not delay planning for the reintroduction of a through service from Liverpool Street to London.
Mr Aldous has been campaigning since his election to secure funds for the completion of the Beccles Loop which was agreed by Government in October 2010 with funding from Suffolk County Council also agreed in February 2011.
Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con): Can the Minister provide an assurance that the granting of a short-term, two-and-a-half year contract for the Greater Anglia rail franchise will not delay planning for the reintroduction of a through service from Liverpool Street to Lowestoft?
Mrs Villiers: The issue of a short franchise will not have an impact one way or another on those decisions, so I can give my hon. Friend an assurance on that. I cannot guarantee that future franchises will necessarily reintroduce through services, so it will be very important, with him, to work with bidders for the next franchise to find out what they consider viable and commercially viable. I can assure him, however, that the Government’s commitment to delivering the Beccles loop will provide more frequent services and, I hope, a significant economic benefit to his constituents.
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