King's Lynn still on track for two train an hour in 2017 say Norfolk MPs
10:45am 10th July 2015
(Updated 10:45am 10th July 2015)
King's Lynn is still on track to get two trains an hour by the end of 2017 according to MPs in Norfolk.
Elizabeth Truss and Henry Bellingham have been meeting with the Rail Minister, Claire Perry, this week to discuss an upgrade to the Ely North Junction which will eventually be needed for an improved service.
Last month the Department for Transport put a number of rail projects on hold whilst it carries out a review due to concerns they were costing too much and taking too long.
Network Rail has previously said the review could mean the upgrade will not be finished until 2019.
Following their meeting with the Rail Minister the MP for South West Norfolk, Elizabeth Truss, said:
"This is a key junction on the East Anglia rail network and the Rail Minister took on board my points in relation to the Downham Market and Thetford lines. The DFT confirmed that studies are still ongoing but the minister understands that the delivery of the half hourly service on the Kings Lynn to London line by end of 2017 is a priority project for me and I will continue to work with my fellow MPs on this."
Henry Bellingham, the MP for North West Norfolk, said:
"Obviously we were extremely relieved and pleased that the Minister was able to give assurances that the half hourly services are still on schedule by end of 2017. However, it is vital that we carry on regarding the upgrade of the Ely North Junction, which is the key to ensuring the long-term viability of these improved services.”