Yesterday saw a cross party group of MPs and Peers come together at the inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the London-Stansted-Cambridge Corridor.

The Rt. Hon David Lammy MP (Labour, Tottenham) and Charles Walker MP (Conservative, Broxbourne) co-chaired the first meeting of the group which will act as a forum for Members of Parliament from across the region to come together and discuss issues of mutual interest such as transport improvements, business creation, economic growth and water resources for the region.

The APPG will act as a forum for MPs to engage with local councillors, business people and other key stakeholders in the London-Stansted-Cambridge Corridor, which covers the area from the City of London and the Olympic Park through the Lee Valley, M11/A10 and West Anglia Rail corridors to Harlow, Stansted and Cambridge.

As well as forming the new group, this first meeting hosted a discussion on improving the West Anglia Line and Crossrail 2 with Lord Adonis and Steve Norris. Such infrastructure investment will be a long term driver of growth in the region, not only supporting the delivery of new homes and the growth of local businesses but also significantly improving rail capacity to the City of London, Stratford, Stansted, Hertfordshire, Essex and Cambridge.

The meeting is politically timely as a joint Transport for London and Network Rail public consultation on the concept of Crossrail 2 and possible routes for the new line is due to close on 3 August 2013. There was strong support for the regional proposal, delivering services to Broxbourne and beyond. Organisations and individuals were asked to respond to the consultation by 2nd August via the Transport for London website.

Yolanda Rugg, CEO Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry commented "This will bring a very positive economic impact to Hertfordshire with the much needed infrastructure developments  to support jobs creation and economic activity, however the  improvements to transport for our commuters on the East of our County cannot come quickly enough".