MPs and business leaders will today press the rail minister Clare Perry on the upgrade of the Ely North Junction. The meeting in Westminster will see Members of Parliament from across the region as well as representatives from New Anglia LEP and Greater Cambridgeshire and Peterborough LEP making the case for funding for a feasibility study into the works needed to upgrade the junction. The meeting follows a rail summit held on Friday 26th Feb in Downham Market when Network Rail, local councils, business leaders and MPs focused on the issues of Ely North including road layout, rail crossings, expected future passenger and freight traffic.
Elizabeth commented ‘ Ely North rail junction is absolutely key in driving forward the economic growth of not only the local economy but the whole of the UK. This junctions serves the Thetford route and Kings Lynn to London line in my South West Norfolk constituency and is a vital intersection with the all-important freight traffic travelling to and from Britain’s busiest port, Felixstowe. The rail summit on Friday demonstrated that a feasibility study needs to take place as soon as possible and I will be leading a delegation of MPs and business leaders to make the case to the rail minister.’
Attending the meeting with Elizabeth Truss MP – Sir Henry Bellingham MP, George Freeman MP, Lucy Frazer MP, Dr Therese Coffey MP, Steve Barclay MP, Neil Darwin (Greater Cambridgeshire and Peterborough LEP) and Chris Starkie (New Anglia LEP).