MPs meet Rail Minster to discuss key upgrade

This week Members of Parliament from across the region met the Rail Minster Claire Perry to discuss the upgrade of the Ely North junction. The meeting, held in the House of Commons and attended by South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss, North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham and South East Cambridgeshire MP Lucy Frazer as well as representatives from the Department for Transport (DFT) and Stephen Barclay MP’s office focused on the line between London and Kings Lynn as well as cross country and freight services.  Last month the DFT confirmed that all rail projects are under review to ensure deliverability of the schemes. The Ely North junction serves passenger trains between Norwich and Cambridge, Kings Lynn and London, cross country routes to Peterborough and Liverpool, Stansted services and freight movement.

Elizabeth Truss commented “I am extremely pleased that the Rail Minister met to discuss Ely North. This is a key junction on the East Anglia rail network and the Rail Minister took on board my points in relation to the Downham Market and Thetford lines. The DFT confirmed that studies are still ongoing but the minister understands that the delivery of the half hourly service on the Kings Lynn to London line by end of 2017 is a priority project for me and I will continue to work with my fellow MPs on this.