This week’s rail report has stated that Govia Thameslink Railways (GTR) must contribute £15million towards rail service improvements. GTR operate the Kings Lynn to London route. The report published by the Transport Committee heavily criticised May’s timetable changes which resulted in hundreds of train cancellations, overcrowding and delayed services.
South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss said ‘’I am incredibly frustrated by the service on the Kings Lynn to London line. Passengers should not have to experience delays, cancellations and overcrowding at such an alarmingly frequent rate. It is not good enough and I have raised my concerns with the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. Before the May 2018 timetable was implemented, I had met GTR senior staff to highlight my concerns about the new schedule. Unfortunately, there are still problems on the route and I know residents and businesses are extremely angry by the ongoing problems.
‘But also Network Rail must do much better. This week a replacement bus service was in place between Ely and Downham Market due to broken track on the single line at Littleport, adding further misery for passengers. I have also recently pressed Network on when the eight car scheme to Kings Lynn will be operational and they could not provide me with a definite date. I am also maintaining the pressure to ensure the Ely North rail junction remains on track for the upgrade. However the bottom line is that rail users need to know that projects will be delivered, that they have a reliable train service and that capacity will be increased to accommodate demand – regrettably this is not happening as quickly as it should and I am heavily lobbying the Department for Transport on this matter.’’