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Slowing down our train journeys

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12:50pm 7th December 2017

It's going to slow down our train journeys next year.

That's because the proposed 2018 timetable would see trains to King's Cross taking up to 14 minutes longer.

This is even worse news for commuters because it comes as more of us than before are using these trains.

The Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, the Fen Line Users Association (FLUA), and the King's Lynn Business Improvement District Ltd have all expressed their dismay at the news.

Councillor Brian Long, leader of the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, said:

"We've heard much about the promised work on Ely North Junction that is to take place, but that will inevitably be a long process. We also want the single-line sections between there and King's Lynn returned to a two-track line. The single-track bottlenecks result in a sub-standard level of service, which Great Northern is now proposing to downgrade further, with even longer journey times.

"Our line is one of East Anglia's most consistent heavy-hitters - official figures just out show what we know already from our packed trains - passenger numbers are up yet another year. We urge rail users to respond to Great Northern's consultation, which closes on 20 December, and tell them what they think."

Colin Sampson, Chairman of the Fen Line Users Association, said:

"We've said before that more and more people are travelling to Cambridge and London and that they expect a decent train service. The growth isn't a flash in the pan - just look at the official statistics, which show strong passenger growth year after year. Not delivering the promised 'half-hourly' frequency is bad enough, but now they're thinking of slowing things down on top of that.

"FLUA thinks fares should be reduced to compensate, not going up again. Many journeys would be 15% longer if this goes through, so we're looking for at least a 10% price cut on all fares."

Darren Taylor, Chairman of King's Lynn BID Ltd, added:

"King's Lynn businesses are getting increasingly fed-up with false promises and a lack of action from Great Northern. I welcome the bigger trains, but not the long delays before they are to be introduced, maybe over a year away, but we need them twice an hour, all day.

"I'm concerned that the Fen Line, and King's Lynn specifically, is yet again being overlooked in favour of investment that will benefit other towns and cities in the East. We need to make our dissatisfaction clear to Government."

Here's the proposed changes

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