Rail passengers urged to contribute to new timetable before consultation closes this week

Rail passengers are being urged to contribute to the consultation on the proposed Kings Lynn to London rail timetable, due to be implemented in 2018. The consultation closes this week on Thursday 27th July 2017. A number of changes have been made to the timetable including an additional stop at Cambridge North, longer journey times, re-timing of services.

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss commented; "I spoke to Govia Thameslink, the rail operator on the Fen Line route, Kings Lynn to London, and raised my concerns about the extended journey times and removal of services. For example, the proposed retiming of trains at the end of the school day will impact on students and the loss of an early morning train means that there is an hour gap between 0632 and 0733.   Although the additional stop at new station Cambridge North will add three minutes to journey times, it is nevertheless a welcome addition on the line due to the significant employment opportunities there. However at least an additional four to five minutes has been built into the timetable to allow for longer stopping times at stations and for what is being referred to as ‘resilience’ in the programme. Govia Thameslink also highlighted the fact that one of the reasons for the changes to the timetable was to accommodate the new cross rail service in London. When fully operational there will be direct trains every day of the week from Cambridge to Gatwick, Heathrow, Farringdon and Ashford International. This is very good news for rail passengers but I want to ensure our current provision is improved and lengthening travel times by an average of eight minutes is not good news for rail passengers in our region. I would urge commuters to contribute to the consultation before it closes this week."