Call for letters of support for fast rail link between King's Lynn and Hunstanton
A North-West Norfolk county councillor is urging West Norfolk businesses and residents to support his bid to rebuild the Lynn-Hunstanton railway.
Andrew Jamieson is calling for emails and letters of support for the multi-million pound project ahead of the deadline for submissions on March 5.
He said: “Just a hundred positive words from lots of people could be a real game changer because Ministers do sit up and take notice. You can help improve all our lives and those of future generations. Please do it now - our chance of success will be so much greater if we all work together.”
Next month is the deadline for Norfolk County Council and supportive MP James Wild to make a fresh submission to the final round of the £500m Restoring Railways Fund.
The Department for Transport has already approved 25 other schemes for cash, and holds the power to decide which long-lost UK lines will receive £50,000.
Already the application has impressed with proposals for boosting the economy and tourism across Hunstanton, Heacham, Snettisham and Dersingham. A petition for the new, fast rail link has already been signed by 6,200 supporters.
Mr Jamieson said: “It would get our young people to employment in Cambridge without having to move home, and our elderly and sick to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in a much faster time. Tourists could visit the area without constantly jamming up the A149 road in their cars.
“People moving to the area would also be better served as the recent explosion in new housing shows no sign of slowing down.”
Last year, the county council commissioned engineering consulting firm WSP to conduct a study with input from the King’s Lynn-Hunstanton Railway Campaign (KLHRC) which has formed the basis of the application.
“It is far too early to decide exactly where the new track would be laid because several original locations are blocked by new development. However, preliminary surveys have been carried out”, said Howard Johnston on behalf of the campaign group.
“There are two ways of accessing the present King’s Lynn station, via the docks and re-opening the level crossing on John Kennedy Road; and using the existing ‘sand line’ towards Middleton and east of the A149 close to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Both options need further analysis.’”
Email your support to KLHRC at firstname.lastname@example.org and sign the petition at www.hunstantonrail.org.uk