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  • Anglia route study

  • The Anglia Route Study has been in development since January 2014. Following a public 90-day consultation and the carrying out of additional analysis work since the publication of the Draft for Consultation in November 2014, it has now been published in its final version.

    Key industry parties as well as wider local stakeholders with an interest in the Anglia route have assisted in the production of the study and we thank them for their contribution. They include train operating companies Abellio Greater Anglia, c2c, LOROL, CrossCountry Trains, East Midland Trains and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR); freight operating companies; the Department for Transport (DfT), Office of Rail and Road (ORR), Transport for London (TfL) and Passenger Focus; and external stakeholders such as Stansted and Southend airports and Felixstowe and London Gateway ports. The Great Eastern Main Line Taskforce and West Anglia Taskforce have also provided valuable analysis and information on the benefits which improved rail services can contribute to the economy.

    The Anglia route covers five main corridors through and across Greater London, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk. These are the Great Eastern Main Line from Liverpool Street to Norwich and branches; the Cross country corridor via Ely from Ipswich/Norwich to Cambridge/Peterborough; the West Anglia Main Line from Liverpool Street to Cambridge, Kings Lynn and branches; the Orbital Routes, comprising the North London Line from Stratford to Richmond and the Barking to Gospel Oak line; and the Essex Thameside line from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness via Upminster and Tilbury. The Anglia area is also a significant generator for freight with many freight facilities located around the route including the Port of Felixstowe and the newly opened London Gateway port.

    The Anglia Route Study highlights a number of constraints across the network, the most significant of which are on-train crowding on peak services into London Liverpool Street and accommodating freight growth forecasts. Other constraints examined include regional and suburban connectivity and access to diversionary routes.

    The Route Study identifies a range of choices for funders for Control Period 6 (2019-2024) and beyond to address these constraints, comprising infrastructure enhancements, train lengthening and additional services to increase capacity in order to accommodate the growth in passenger and freight services whilst maintaining performance.

    In the longer term the Long Term Planning Process (LTPP) proposes a strategy to address the challenge of accommodating the projections for growth, outlined in the four Market Studies, for passenger and freight services through to 2043. The choices suggested in the Anglia Route Study will inform the industry’s ongoing discussions with funders concerning the future outputs, investment choices and funding requirements for the railway in the medium and longer term.

    Anglia Route Study 
    Anglia Route Study - summary document 
    Anglia Route Study - draft for consultation
    Anglia Route Study - consultation responses