South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss has slammed the Williams Rail Review, published this week, for not acknowledging that the Kings Cross to Kings Lynn rail line as a key route. The review notes Kings Cross as far as Ely as a key route, with no mention on the map of any Fen Line stations beyond Ely. (page 12 of attached document.) The Williams Rail Review was established in September 2018 to look at the structure of the whole rail industry and the way passenger rail services are delivered. The review will make recommendations for reform that prioritise passengers’ and taxpayers’ interests. The review’s findings and recommendations will be published in a government white paper in autumn 2019. Reform will begin in 2020.
Liz Truss MP said ‘It is absolutely ridiculous that Kings Lynn is not marked as a key station or key route from London. Anyone who travels the Fen Line on a regular basis will know how busy the trains are. Commuters, tourists, school and college students all use this train line and along with freight traffic provides a vital link into the county. It is unacceptable to suggest this all stops at Ely and regrettably demonstrates a considerable lack of knowledge about our key rail routes and stations. As noted in the review, the national rail network in Great Britain is a national asset with a vast physical presence and which many people use on a day to day basis. It has almost 16,000km of route and serves over 2,500 individual stations. Kings Lynn has nearly one million passengers per annum, Downham Market has over half a million, Great Yarmouth 400,000, yet Kings Lynn or Downham Market do not feature as key destinations on ATOC route map. This is unacceptable, has been raised before and quite frankly is not good enough. I will be contacting ATOC, the Williams Review and DFT to ensure this is resolved as a matter of priority.’