King’s Lynn MP says passengers will get more for their rail fares

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Improved rail services need to be paid for, says North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham, who insisted that passengers will soon be getting more for their money.

Under the franchise agreement with Govia Thameslink, which began last September, a new, half-hourly service from Lynn to London is due to be introduced in 2017.

And Mr Bellingham said: “If you’re running a railway, you have got to invest in improving the service and, under the new franchise, we’re going to get a much, much better rail service.

“Nobody likes to see fare increases, but we live in the real world. The railways have got to be paid for.”

Mr Bellingham has also welcomed moves to force train operators to ensure that the cheapest possible fares are available to passengers who buy their tickets from self-service machines.

Rail campaigners have argued that many passengers are overcharged when they use machines as they are not directed to the cheapest fare.

And Mr Bellingham said he had had to pay more when he travelled from a smaller station such as Watlington, which does not have a staffed ticket office.

He added: “I think it’s really important that discount fares are available to everyone.”