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Great Eastern Railway

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to increase capacity on the Chelmsford to Liverpool Street railway line. (254748)

The Secretary of State for Transport set out his requirements for additional peak capacity into London Liverpool Street in the White Paper “Delivering a Sustainable Railway” published in July 2007.

The Department for Transport is actively engaged in discussions with National Express East Anglia (NXEA) aimed at achieving early commercial agreement that will enable NXEA to increase the capacity it provides to meet this requirement. This will include services between Chelmsford and Liverpool Street.