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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The fight to get better train services in Norfolk, including faster trains between Norwich and London, is set to continue, county council leaders have pledged.
Earlier in the summer, ministers announced work to dual Ely North Junction, which would allow half-hourly trains between King’s Lynn and London, was part of a £9bn investment in Britain’s railways.
While Norfolk County Council welcomed that investment, through the High Level Output Specification (HLOS), council leaders were disappointed there was not more specific mention of other rail projects which would benefit the county.
The county council, along with other councils, MPs and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, have long been calling for more spending on Norfolk services.
And, with Network Rail developing its detailed spending programme from 2014 to 2019 in the next few months, the council is keen to reiterate how Norfolk deserves investment.
Graham Plant, cabinet member for planning and transportation, is to send a letter to the new transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin, to make the case for faster journey times between Norwich and London and half-hourly services from Norwich to Cambridge.
The letter also calls for investment on the Bittern and Wherry lines, extra trains from Norwich to the capital, increased line speed on the Norwich to Cambridge line and new rolling stock.
It also urges station improvements and better access for disabled people.
Mr Plant said: “Whilst HLOS included details of some interesting measures elsewhere in the country, it included little of benefit to Norfolk.”
The county council’s environment, transport and development overview and scrutiny panel is today set to agree to write to the government.
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