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Local businesses called on to press for rail investment

Published Wednesday, 04 February 2015

Enfield Council has joined forces with businesses in the borough to lobby the government and Network Rail to expand the West Anglia mainline to a four rail track in order to boost the borough’s economy, create jobs and stimulate growth and investment in the borough.

West Anglia line

The council is a member of the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium, a partnership of public and private organisations which aims to promote the economic growth running through this rail corridor.  Research has shown that the continued economic growth and regeneration of east Enfield depends on strong transport links and expansion of the West Anglia mainline.

A fourth rail track would mean a more regular service to commuters using Enfield Lock, Brimsdown, Ponders End and Angel Road, stimulate business in the borough, encourage investment and drive further growth.

Cllr Alan Sitkin and Neil Isaac Assistant Director of Economic Development from Enfield Council have met and written to a number of businesses who expressed their support for the proposed expansion.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Cllr Alan Sitkin, said: “We have spoken with local companies and received significant support in our efforts to lobby Government and Network Rail for these vital infrastructure improvements.

“We have a good track record of attracting rail investment to Enfield. We have already secured £80m of rail investment to provide a four trains per hour service at the new Meridian Water station, which could launch as early as 2018, but we will not rest on our laurels.

“If we could get the West Anglia mainline four-tracked it would give the green light for business in Enfield, and make Eastern Enfield particularly attractive to larger companies.”

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