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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
RAIL operator Greater Anglia has been praised for being on the right tracks to improving Great Yarmouth’s train station by the town’s MP.
Brandon Lewis met with chiefs from the firm this week and said they recognised the need for upgrades to the station and its timetable.
The meeting was a follow up to the launch of the Norfolk Rail Prospectus, a blueprint for desperate improvements to the county’s railways that was drawn up by MPs, councillors and businesses.
The prospectus was produced to help campaigners make their case to government and the rail industry that Norfolk has been stuck in the sidings for too long.
And Mr Lewis thought Greater Anglia had taken on board the points the document made about Great Yarmouth and said the company had already made a start on improving the station and service for passengers, since taking over the franchise.
“I think they have done a good job of freshening it up and also talking about train journey upgrading,” he added. “If you go down to the station now it’s certainly a nicer place than it was two years ago.
“And what is pleasing is that they are far more proactive about working with the community.”
Mr Lewis said he had discussed speeding up trains on the Yarmouth line, getting the timetable to link up with London bound trains from Norwich and more long term aims to improve the station building.