Commuter champions met transport chiefs and MPs to press for better rail services.

Essex Rail Users Federation, Witham MP Priti Patel, business leaders and politicians were among those to attend the recent East Anglian Rail Summit in Westminster.

They called for at least a half hourly service for all Essex stations were possible and extra tracks between Witham and the proposed station at Beaulieu Park, Chelmsford, to ease congestion during peak times.

New and refurbished carriages and faster trains were also on their priorities list.