MP meets with rail bosses over delayed network upgrade
11:36am 4th December 2015
South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss has met with Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Railway to discuss the Ely North Junction and the half hourly train service on the Kings Lynn to London line.
She met them Ely station after the Department for Transport confirmed last month works on upgrading the Ely North Junction will not take place until at least 2019, but could be as long as 2014.
The upgrade of the junction had originally been scheduled to start next year. Ely North is a key junction on the East Anglian rail network serving a number of lines including the Kings Lynn/Downham Market to London line and the Thetford route.
'I am keen to see works started as soon as possible so that the benefits can be fully realised across the region.
Today’s meeting is an opportunity for Network Rail to present the programme of works and to obtain clarity on the implementation of the half hourly service on the Kings Lynn to London line.
Local residents and business in South West Norfolk need to be able to plan for the future and the half hourly service on the Fenline is a key driver in supporting future growth in the region.
In addition the introduction of eight car trains will be welcomed by regular commuters, and I want to see improved services on the Thetford line.’