Business leaders concern of Ely Junction upgrade delay
10:14am 15th June 2015
(Updated 10:14am 15th June 2015)
Business leaders in West Norfolk say they're getting increasingly concerned at the lack of action to introduce 2 trains an hour to London.
The King's Lynn Town Centre partnership have written to the boss of Network Rail after it emerged the planned upgrade to the Ely North Junction may not be completed until 2019 - 2 years later than originally planned.
Anthony Goodrich owns the Bank House hotel.
A Network Rail spokesperson said:
"We are currently reviewing all projects as requested by the Department for Transport. When we have the results of that review we will be able to provide further information about the Ely North Junction upgrade."
A DfT Spokesperson said:
“As part of our long term economic plan this government is committed to improving our railways and Ely North Junction is part of our £38 billion Rail Investment Strategy for the next 5 years. We continue to work with Network Rail and the rail regulator to determine costs and time-scales for the delivery of major rail investment programmes.”
Earlier this week, South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss wrote to the Rail Minister over an upgrade needed to get two trains an hour running to King's Lynn.
She's written to Clair Perry to request a meeting to discuss the improvements to the Ely North Junction.
It had been expected the work would be completed by 2017.
However, Truss is concerned that a review of all scheduled work on Britain's rail network launched just before the election could set back progress.