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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
A delegation will travel from Norfolk to London tomorrow to press the case for improvements to a vital rail junction.
They are calling for the an upgrade of the Ely North Junction, which would bring benefits to travellers on the Fen Line between Kings Lynn and London, along with services to and from Norwich and Peterborough.
It would enable services to run half-hourly, instead of hourly, between King’s Lynn, Downham Market, and London.
The meeting at Westminster, which will be chaired by South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss, will compile the economic benefits for an upgrade, the cost benefit analysis, strategies and timeline with the aim to secure the £10m of funding from the Treasury.
Ms Truss said today: “The Ely North Junction upgrade will translate into real benefits for all three lines including the Fen Line to Kings Lynn and Norwich to Cambridge lines.
“It will be possible to increase the service on these routes to a half hourly one. The £10m investment is not a huge sum for an infrastructure project yet will create significant economic impact throughout the region.
“The level of commitment to achieve this is illustrated by the representation from the councils, the Local Enterprise Partnerships and the train providers all collaborating with Members of Parliament. This is what I will show to Lord Sassoon when we present the case for the funding.”