Freeman maps out railway revival with East of England at the centre

Transport Minister and Tory MP for Mid Norfolk George Freeman has mapped out his vision for a transport revolution with the East of England playing a key role.

Freeman was appointed to his new role in the Department for Transport (DFT) and has the brief of modernising “antiquated practices”. In a report by the Eastern Daily Press (EDP) on 7 August, it was said that Freeman will look to achieve this by honing in on a focus on decarbonisation, exploring digitisation and tackling disconnection.

Freeman has also previously discussed the idea of an East Anglian Rail Company, something that would commit to a long-term housing and infrastructure investment programme. According to the EDP report, this is an idea that the minister remains committed to – inspired by Victorian mutual rail companies – having first suggested the idea in 2013.

The Mid Norfolk MP also cited initiatives such as smart ticketing, expanding the infrastructure in place for electric cars, and introducing travel cards which work on all transport in a similar way to London Oyster Cards.

Freeman said: “Having championed this as a Norfolk MP in the last 10 years, I know there are some exciting new approaches waiting to be adopted here in East Anglia. And I look forward to making us a test bed.”