While Hertfordshire is on the periphery of the London-Standsted-Cambridge corridor, any significant enhancements to rail journeys from London to Stansted, and on to Cambridge, will be an enormous boost to east Hertfordshire’s economy, particularly for Broxbourne, Cheshunt and Bishop’s Stortford, says Yolanda Rugg, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce’s Chief Executive.

Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce is responding to the 20 February announcements by the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, of a plan to establish as West Anglia Task Force to examine opportunities to improve rail connections along this corridor. The findings are due in Spring 2016.

Yolanda Rugg says “Chamber is a member of the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium, a partnership of public and private organisations promoting the business interests of the area north of London, through the Lea Valley, M11 and A10 motorways.

“The West Anglian Line campaign is very helpful to Hertfordshire. Rail line improvements, via Stansted, through to London that increase Cambridge’s global competitiveness, particularly in its bioscience industry, will have beneficial knock-on effects for our own Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst developments,” she said.

“We also know that Ambition Broxbourne, with its enormous energy focused on business growth, will also benefit from these rail improvements, particularly the four-tracking that is being considered. This will help the thousands of homes that are being planned in the Lea Valley, in turn supporting the supply chain businesses in the area.”