MP praises West Norfolk rail line upgrade, but no date yet set for work

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A planned upgrade of West Norfolk’s rail link to London shows the area is on the up, according to one of its MPs.

Network Rail has unveiled details of its programme of works across East Anglia and the south-east, which will cost around £2 billion over the next five years.

Among the projects listed in the programme is an upgrade of the Ely north junction, which will dual the track in that area, enabling half-hourly trains to run between West Norfolk, Cambridge and London.

Although a Network Rail spokesman today, Monday, March 31, admitted that no date had been set for the work to take place, South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss said the work would be a major boost to the area.

She said: “This is really positive news and will unlock substantial benefits to the region.

“Infrastructure is key to future growth and will be a real boost to the area in terms of jobs, housing, and tourism.

“Along with the roll out of Better Broadband across the county plus the continued lobbying for improvements to the A47 – all these upgrades enable businesses and local residents to plan for the future and ensures that South West Norfolk really is the place to invest.”