New MP meets rail officials to discuss possible improvements

James Cartlidge MP at Sudbury Station ANL-150127-152852009
James Cartlidge MP at Sudbury Station ANL-150127-152852009
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South Suffolk’s new MP has got straight to work campaigning for rail improvements, one of his main election pledges.

James Cartlidge met with Hannah Briggs, the public affairs manager for Network Rail to discuss line improvements on the Sudbury-Marks Tey branch.

The pair took the train to Marks Tey, to discuss the key issues, with Mr Cartlidge calling for a business case to be made to see investment in the branch.

“There are a range of things, some are ambitious and some are more realistic,” said Mr Cartlidge.

“But that doesn’t mean we are not going to try.”

The pair spoke about ways to improve line speed, with Mr Cartlidge saying a small change could have a drastic effect for passengers.

“The thing about line speed is the biggest problem here is connections,” Mr Cartlidge said.

“A faster line speed saving a couple of minutes could be the difference between missing a connection.”

The speed is currently restricted to 60mph with nine level crossing on the short 19 minute route, including seven pedestrian and user crossings.