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Concerns for major improvements to King's Lynn rail line

King's Lynn Station

Published by the KLFM News Team at 1:31pm 16th January 2018.

It's something too many commuters in King's Lynn know all too well.

Now there's concerns that work to cut down on the delays passengers are facing could mean that we miss out on major improvements.

We've been hearing from passengers who've been left stuck for hours because of cancelled or delayed services.

Kristen spoke to us at the town station:

"There was a major delay on one of my trains by four hours so I only got back at around 11pm!

"Then when I left the train was delays even further and at a different point - it's just terrible."

Since Govia Thameslink started operating the King's Lynn line in 2015 - around 1460,000 services have been canceled or delayed by over 30mins.

That's 7.7% of services which is far higher than the 2.8% on the rest of the network.

West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham said:

"Although this mainly concerns Southern Railway, I am worried that Govia's distraction elsewhere could lead to delays in their critical commitment and promise to run 8 carriage trains through to Lynn by December this year.

"After all, we have been told that as of this Spring the journey time from Kings Lynn to London will increase a little.

"Govia always countered by pointing to the arrival of longer trains later this year, plus also the prospect of the half hourly service that is due to be started once the Ely North Junction engineering work have been completed."

That's why Sir Henry is now seeking urgent reassurance from rail bosses that there will be no delay in the introduction of the promised 8 carriage trains, which he believes is vital to both residents in West Norfolk and for the local economy.

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