Letter urges minister to prioritise rail junction
PUBLISHED: 10:30 26 September 2015
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Politicians and business leaders in the region have written to the transport minister calling for improvements to the Ely North Junction to take place as soon as possible.
The £35m upgrade – which was set to start in 2016, meaning half hourly services introduced between King’s Lynn and London – is on hold after the Department for Transport announced a review of its works.
But the letter to Patrick McLoughlin urges him to make the junction’s improvements a priority, stating the investment would bring an estimated £220m in economic benefits.
South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss, one of the signatories, said: “The economic boost to the region will be tremendous, attracting significant inward investment.
“Last month at an employment event in Downham Market, businesses looking to invest in West Norfolk commented to me that the half hourly service on the King’s Lynn to London line will be pivotal in driving forward jobs and educational opportunities.”
In July this year, she met the rail minister, Claire Perry, with MPs Henry Bellingham and Lisa Fraser.
Mr Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk, said: “This is a vital investment which represents superb value money, and given that the business case for it has already been fully established, it needs to be given the green light now.”
The letter has been signed by nine representatives, including council leaders, MPs and the Greater Cambridgeshire and Peterborough LEP.
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