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King’s Lynn to London King’s Cross train one of the worst in country for delays

PUBLISHED: 11:25 05 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:30 05 January 2018

There are new calls for the rail line to King's Lynn to be dualled again . Picture: Ian Burt

There are new calls for the rail line to King's Lynn to be dualled again . Picture: Ian Burt

The train now standing at Platform One is one of the worst in Britain at getting you to your destination on time.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, who are among users of the train service between King's Lynn and London. Picture: Ian BurtThe Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, who are among users of the train service between King's Lynn and London. Picture: Ian Burt

With rail travellers still reeling from the biggest fare increases in five years, new figures reveal which services are delayed most often.

The 09:54 King’s Lynn to London King’s Cross train comes seventh on the list, after being delayed 234 times last year.

Chris Burton, vice chair of campaign group Railfuture’s East Anglia Branch, said: “You’ve got a single line between King’s Lynn and Ely, that’s a tremendous source of delays. It’s a major problem the single track.”

Mr Burton said many delays across the network were caused by poor rail infrastructure.

“You’re still dealing with a railway which hasn’t been updated since Victorian times,” he said. “The track is new, the signals have been updated but the route is the same as it was hundreds of years ago.”

The line between Lynn and Ely was reduced from two to a single line to save money in the 1980s.

West Norfolk council, the Fen Line Users Association and King’s Lynn Business Improvement District are calling for it to be reinstated, claiming the bottleneck imposes “severe limits on the scheduling of trains”.

MORE - calls for line to be re-dualled



A new timetable currently out for consultation will see the journey time between Lynn and London take between 12 and 14 minutes more, as trains stop for longer in stations en route.

Figures were collated by Raildar, which compares how services perform against timetables.

The worst - the 09:24 Caterham to London Victoria - was late 240 times last year.

Both it and the Lynn to London service are operated by Govia Thameslink.

A spokesman for the firm said: “A significant proportion of the causes of these delays, such as faults with the rail infrastructure, are beyond our control.

“We operate over the most congested routes in the country, where passenger numbers have doubled in as little as 14 years, so any problems can knock on to cause widespread service disruption. We’re modernising the service to address this.”

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