Elizabeth Truss MP joined Lucy Frazer MP and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayoral candidate, Cllr James Palmer, at Ely Railway station to highlight the importance of upgrading the Ely North Rail Junction. Elizabeth has been pressing for the upgrade of the rail junction to take place as quickly as possible. At a rail summit held in January this year, confirmation was given to Elizabeth that preparatory work on the junction and the surrounding roads would take two years to complete. The freight companies have pledged £2 million to develop the scheme with a decision due from the LEPs for an additional £6.6 million to be confirmed this month. In a letter to the Greater Cambridgeshire and Peterborough LEP and New Anglia LEP, Elizabeth has urged that funding be agreed as soon as possible so that work on the scoping study for the junction and surrounding roads can begin.
Elizabeth said ‘Significant progress has been made and we are now ready to secure funding to develop the scheme. The LEPs have in principal agreed this money. It will take two years to get the preparatory work done but it means that we will be at the front of the queue in the government’s next spending round. This is a key rail intersection in the eastern region, serving many freight and passenger routes, and once it is upgraded will allow for half hourly service on the Fen Line, improved services on the Thetford route, and will enable increased movement of the high value freight trains. The benefits to the economy have been calculated in excess of £0.5 billion so I am delighted that the mayoral candidate, Cllr James Palmer, is joining local MPs in pressing for the scheme to be started as soon as possible.’
Attached: Photo 1 Lucy Frazer MP, James Palmer, Elizabeth Truss MP
Photo 2: Elizabeth Truss MP, James Palmer, Lucy Frazer MP