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Major talks next year for vital rail upgrade

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6:16am 10th December 2015
(Updated 6:16am 10th December 2015)

MP's, business leaders and rail bosses will meet in the new year to explore the options for upgrading the Ely North rail junction.


South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss met with Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Trains in Ely to investigate the reasons why the planned upgrade of the Ely North junction will now take place in 2019 at the earliest following a review into major infrastructure projects by Network Rail.


Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman of Network Rail, commented in the document that ‘Network Rail is aware of the strong aspiration of the Department for Transport and local user groups and MPs to see improvements to services on the Cambridge to Kings Lynn corridor as soon as practicable.


Norfolk County Council has assessed direct economic benefits once the upgrade has taken place as £220 million and this does not factor in new jobs, business and housing that will be generated once the junction has been improved.


Andy Tyler is the Secretary of the Fen Line Users Association:

Elizabeth Truss MP commented;
‘During the meeting with Network Rail and Govia Thameslink it became apparent that work needs to take place to the four level crossings around Ely and further surveys have to be done.


What I am keen to ensure is that this happens as soon as possible so I have called for a round table discussion with the LEPs, council leaders and fellow MPs to see how this can be implemented sooner rather than later.


The Transport Secretary has also confirmed that he will write to MPs by the end of this week detailing Network Rail’s plans for future works. East Anglia is a thriving and dynamic area of the UK and I am keen to see the rail infrastructure in place to support this growth and that residents in South West Norfolk can benefit from half hourly services on the Kings Lynn to London line and more frequent trains on the Thetford route.’

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