West Norfolk MP to press rail bosses on line upgrade

Election Count gets underway at Lynnsport King's Lynn'Elizabeth Truss ANL-150805-111416009
Election Count gets underway at Lynnsport King's Lynn'Elizabeth Truss ANL-150805-111416009
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A West Norfolk MP will meet rail bosses today to discuss the future of planned upgrades to services linking the borough with Cambridge and London.

The announcement has also raised questions over the introduction of half-hourly train services to and from Lynn, which have been expected from the spring of 2017.

Environment secretary and South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss will meet officials from Network Rail and Govia Thameslink, the parent company of the line’s main operator , Great Northern, at Ely this morning.

She said: “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.”

However, Ms Truss has praised plans to introduce longer trains to the line, which officials hope to start next year.

She said: “The introduction of eight car trains will be welcomed by regular commuters.”