KL.FM Off Air, June 30, 2015

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The school exam season is well and truly upon us and it was quite apt that I’ve had a bit of an educational week here at KLFM Towers.

As part of my role as the new News Editor at KLFM, I feel building really strong links with all of the schools in our community. So on Wednesday morning I took myself off to the King’s Lynn Academy in Gaywood. I met up with Head of School Terri Broughton and lots of the staff and pupils. What a great community of people there is there. I can’t remember a time when I visited a school where you can feel and sense the enthusiasm from the moment you walk in. This was evident from a very special assembly that was taking place whilst I was there. Two of the houses at the school decided to adopt a pair of tiger cubs for their charity of the year. The schools teamed up with Banham Zoo to help take care of Xenia and Yeva - as they get prepared to be released in to the wild.

Speaking to a couple of the students – once again I was impressed with the enthusiasm they had for helping out others around them or those further away. Which comes along neatly to a major event they’re holding on July 10 – their Community Day. An event which promises to be utterly amazing, plus it’s all in aid of charity. They want to raise £10,000 to help support their school in Nepal which was damaged in the earthquake. Get along there if you can.

It’s also been another busy week here in the King’s Lynn News Centre but one story really has hit hard.

For a long time there’s been a local desire, if not a need, to introduce two trains an hour from Lynn to King’s Cross. In my short time here I have witnessed first-hand, how a journey to or from West Norfolk can be severely disrupted if there’s a delay or you miss a train and are then faced with a 1 hour wait. On Thursday, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced a shake-up at Network Rail and what has been described as a “pausing” of a £38bn upgrade programme to the UK’s rail network. The significance for us in West Norfolk is the need for a major upgrade at Ely North junction, so that we can get 
half hourly services. Originally this had been due to be complete by 2017, then that was put 
back to 2019. This latest development could mean yet further delays.

I spoke to MP Henry Bellingham just a few minutes after the announcement and he told me he’s seeking reassurances from the Secretary of State and is due to meet the Trains Minister soon. This, I fear could be a very bumpy and long journey.

Oh, and if you were one of the hundreds who danced the night away at KLFM’s Big School Disco at the Corn Exchange on Friday night, I hope your feet have recovered far quicker than mine have!

What a night it was!