Last week, the Tories promised £96billion to boost rail services in the north and midlands but nothing for the eastern region. More than eight years ago, government-owned Network Rail agreed to make improvements to train infrastructure in East Anglia. Since then, none of the promised work has been done. Local press asked me to comment and here’s what I said:
“Norwich workers remain some of the worst paid in the country. From ambulances to mental health services, we stand out for our continually in-crisis local NHS. And our city is one of the most challenging places in which to get by because of a combination of poor pay and high living costs. This government routinely leaves Norwich and the East of England behind, so it’s no surprise at all we’ve been denied significant rail investment yet again.
There is a much bigger picture here. To prevent catastrophic climate and environmental breakdown, we need to get to net-zero carbon emissions urgently. If we’re going to stand any chance of that, we need hugely increased backing for all forms of public transport. Not just for Norwich and the East but nationwide.”
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