Half hourly trains to run between King’s Lynn, Watlington, Downham Market, Littleport, Ely and London

Half hourly services are set to run all day between King's Lynn and London. Picture: Ian Burt Half hourly services are set to run all day between King's Lynn and London. Picture: Ian Burt

Friday, May 23, 2014
5:06 PM

Trains will run half-hourly between King’s Lynn and London and new, air conditioned carriages will be phased in.

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The new franchise set to run trains between King’s Lynn has pledged thousands of extra seats on peak services to the capital.

The Thameslink Govia franchise will take over from First Capital Connect on September 14 and will also take over the South Central franchise, which operated as Southern and Gatwick Express, from 2015.

It will introduce half-hourly peak services between Lynn and London throughout the day.

It also says nearly 1,400 new carriages will be rolled out across the network, providing 50pc more capacity and 10,000 extra seats into central London during the morning peak by the end of 2018, with almost a third of them on the Cambridge - King’s Cross route.

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss said the announcement by the Department for Transport was extremely positive for rail passengers and “a real boost for future growth”.

“By having one rail provider, passengers should benefit from improved links across the whole Govia Thameslink Railway network but more importantly, the commitment of a half hourly service is extremely positive for rail commuters.

“With the extra seats, improved stations and ticketing, rail travel should become even more attractive

“Combined with the completion of the A11 works, the drive for full dualling of the A47 and continued investment in broadband, this is all a real boost to the area in terms of future growth for jobs, education, housing and tourism.”

Govia Thameslink, which will operate from King’s Lynn to Brighton, has also been set new targets to improve punctuality by reducing delays by around a fifth and improve cleanliness.

Rail Minister Stephen Hammond said: “New state-of-the-art trains, more seats, better connections and improved stations will transform travel across London and the south east.”

5 comments

  • @unnamed - the trains from south of London through Blackfriars and St Pancras wil be 12 coach fixed formation trains and will run north to Bedford, Peterborough and Cambridge. Only 4 coach trains are allowed beyond Ely to Kings Lynn due to short platforms and power constraints, so a different fleet of trains will operate the fast "Cambridge Express" services from Kings Cross non stop to Cambridge then all stations to Kings Lynn.

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    Citizen of EUSSR

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • I would question the accuracy of the reporting. The Invitation to Tender indicates that the the new service will only stop at Downham, Ely and Cambridge. Where did the headlines come from? Secondly there is no indication that the trains will run to Brighton from KL only from Cambridge. Where did this information come from as it is not on the Thamselink website?

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    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • @expat - I don't think they'd moan as much travelling from Kings Lynn to Kings Cross as they do from Norwich to Liverpool Street. The punctuality on the line into Kings Cross is FAR superior to the Liverpool Street line. It's a pity there's not a through service from Norwich to Kings Cross as it would be far more reliable than the current service!

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    Citizen of EUSSR

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Thats handy, now perhaps all the whiners will move to Kings Lynn and whine about how long it takes to get to London from there.

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    expat

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • So, brand new trains for Kings Lynn - London but same old clapped out ancient rubbish trains from Norwich to London!

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    Norfolk and Good

    Friday, May 23, 2014

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