Henry Bellingham MP for North West Norfolk and Elizabeth Truss MP for South West Norfolk have welcomed the news that the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, has said good progress is being made in introducing eight carriage trains between King’s Lynn and London.
Commenting Elizabeth said: “The overcrowding on the Fen Line is simply not acceptable and I have been lobbying the DFT and Network Rail for the relevant works to upgrade the route to take place as a matter of priority. I am pleased that the Transport Secretary has said the work is progressing however I am extremely frustrated that this situation has taken so long and I have called a meeting with Network Rail so that all the issues can be addressed. Also attending the meeting in Downham Market in early February will be Mayor James Palmer, Sir Henry Bellingham MP and Kings Lynn West Norfolk Borough Council Leader Brian Long. We all fully understand rail travellers’ anger at the overcrowding and are united in securing an efficient and reliable rail service that will support the local economy, encourage growth and investment in Norfolk. This is very much the message I am making to the Secretary of State for Transport and I will continue to press him on this matter.’
Commenting Henry said: “I am very pleased that progress is being made in introducing eight carriage trains between King’s Lynn and London. This is certainly very welcome news indeed, as it will not only improve the lives of many of my constituents but bring a boost to the region’s economy.”
“Obviously, it is absolutely essential that the eight carriages trains are introduced as soon as possible; as the services between King’s Lynn and London leaves much to be desired with overcrowding, cancellations and trains running late.”
Henry went on to say: “For myself and Elizabeth Truss the eight carriage trains are absolutely vital in terms of ensuring that the overcrowding problem is sorted out. Indeed, we have both regularly been lobbying the Department for Transport and have now been advised that a final decision should be taken in February or March of this year.”