West Norfolk MPs welcome minister’s rail upgrade

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Plans to introduce half-hourly rail services on the line linking West Norfolk and London remain on course, despite potential delays to vital infrastructure upgrades, according to the area’s MPs.

North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham and South West Norfolk’s Elizabeth Truss were among a group who met rail minister Claire Perry this week to press the case for the Ely North junction upgrade.

Following last month’s announcement of a review of Network Rail’s upgrade programmes, there had been fears that the project may be put on hold.

The company had already indicated that the work would only be completed during the current spending round, which is due to end in 2019.

But Mr Bellingham said: “We were extremely relieved and pleased that the Minister was able to give assurances that the half-hourly services are still on schedule by end of 2017.

“However, it is vital that we carry on regarding the upgrade of the Ely North junction, which is the key to ensuring the long-term viability of these improved services.”

Ms Truss added: “The DFT confirmed that studies are still ongoing but the minister understands that the delivery of the half -hourly service on the Kings Lynn to London line by end of 2017 is a priority project for me and I will continue to work with my fellow MPs on this.”