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LOBBYING STEPPED UP TO USE EU FUNDING FOR EAST-WEST RAIL ROUTE

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Campaigners are stepping up pressure to persuade the government to accept an offer of European funding to create a ...
Campaigners are stepping up pressure to persuade the government to accept an offer of European funding to create a cross-country rail cargo route from the port of Felixstowe on the east coast to Holyhead in Wales.

The East Anglian Daily times (p5) reports that Suffolk CC has joined with other authorities along the route to produce a colour leaflet to be sent to ministers, MPs and MEPs

The EU is offering extensive cash help to improve the network between Felixstowe and Wales to create a super rail-highway. At present only 15% of the 1.2 million containers handled each year at the port of Felixstowe travel by rail.

In a report to the highways committee on Thursday, county surveyor Jeffrey Stansfield said Suffolk MP John Gummer had been interested in setting up a meeting with transport minister George Young but nothing has been heard from Mr Gummer in the three months since, the EADT reports.

Ipswich MP Jamie Cann wrote to Sir George, but the department of trade's reply said the Euro rail route 'had not been identified as a priority'.
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