South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss will today meet Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Railway to discuss the Ely North Junction and the half hourly train service on the Kings Lynn to London line. The meeting, to take place at Ely station at 10 am, has been called for by Elizabeth after the Department for Transport confirmed last month that works on upgrading the Ely North Junction will now take place in Control Period 6 (2019-2024). The upgrade of the junction had originally been scheduled to start in Control Period 5. Ely North is a key junction on the East Anglian rail network serving a number of lines including the Kings Lynn/Downham Market to London line and the Thetford route.
Elizabeth commented ‘I am keen to see works started as soon as possible so that the benefits can be fully realised across the region. Today’s meeting is an opportunity for Network Rail to present the programme of works and to obtain clarity on the implementation of the half hourly service on the Kings Lynn to London line. Local residents and business in South West Norfolk need to be able to plan for the future and the half hourly service on the Fenline is a key driver in supporting future growth in the region. In addition the introduction of eight car trains will be welcomed by regular commuters, and I want to see improved services on the Thetford line.’