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Views sought on regional rail upgrade proposals

A public consultation has begun on proposals to increase capacity on the rail line linking West Norfolk with Cambridge and London.

Officials outlined the options for upgrading the network south of Ely earlier this month.

And passengers now have until early July to have their say in the consultation, which began on Monday.

Plans to upgrade the rail network serving West Norfolk are being outlined. (47573178)
Plans to upgrade the rail network serving West Norfolk are being outlined. (47573178)

A separate consultation will take place later this year on issues relating to the Ely North junction, which has long been seen as a major bottleneck on the network.

But Ellie Burrows, Anglia route manager for Network Rail, said it was also "vital" that people who live and work in the region take part in the current process.

She said: "Feedback will help to inform our designs as we progress with this important project and I hope everyone who wants to, will take the opportunity to have their say."

Upgrading the network around Ely is seen as essential to enabling additional services, including two trains an hour between Lynn and London, to operate.

The current consultation, which runs until July 4, is taking place online because of the coronavirus situation.

But members of the public can directly question project staff in live chats which will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, between 10am and 4pm, and on Wednesdays between 2 and 8pm until June 5.

A consultation hotline will also be open on 0800 1601780 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 2 and 5pm, Wednesdays between 5 and 8pm and Saturdays from 10am until 1pm until the same date.

Printed copies of the consultation booklet are also available upon request by calling Network Rail’s 24/7 helpline number on 03457 11 41 41 or emailing elyareacapacityenhancements@networkrail.co.uk.

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