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.

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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.

What do you think? Have your say below, write to Evening News Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE, or email eveningnewsletters@archant.co.uk

9 comments

  • I hear your concerns, expat, but there's more to it than just whether or not we, as individuals, are frequent train travellers. I would argue that better train services could bring benefits to Norfolk as a place and a community in many ways by encouraging economic health and tourism. Also, if they help to reduce the number of car journeys that we all make, then that is good for us and for the environment.

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • Here is my wish list an earlier train out of Great Yarmouth on Sundays than 0820. The late start time to Norwich rules out some day return journeys and inconveniences those who have to work Sundays. A decent number of secure parking spaces at Great Yarmouth station. Only twenty parking spaces is just not good enough for a town the size of Yarmouth-there is never a guarantee one can leave a car at the station. There is no bus service to the rail station and the nearest public car park has an underpass access-nasty in the dark, especially for lone travellers.As for trains-decent trains in and out of Norfolk, especially those connecting to Peterborough, the Midlands, North and North West. The trains run by East Midlands are not fit for long distance travel to Nottingham and Manchester etc They are overcrowded because there are almost always too few carriages and of a design more suited to short distance commuter travel. Passengers going on to Ely and Norwich are treated badly eg recently most seats in the part of the train going on to Norwich were reserved for travellers between Manchester and Nottingham, so that at Nottingham everyone going to Norwich had to move themselves and baggage onto another part of the train. East Midlands are rubbish.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

  • An easy way to speed up Norwich - London via Ipswich - Pick up at Diss, stowmarket and Ipswich then run non stop to London. I suspect there is very few passengers boarding proir to Ipswich get off before London. if they want to just change at Ipswich

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    jennifer jane

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

  • How about an option for NO IMPROVEMENTS unless they are entirely funded by the people who actually use the trains instead of subsidised by a lot of tax payers who don't.

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    expat

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

  • Agree with JCW, but to increase frequency of those trains. 1 train a hour from Wymondham to Cambridge is not good enough. Excess issues @ Wymondham station to platform 2 need addressing. I have 2 young children and a double buggy, and i have to add a extra hour as i have to go to Norwich so to excess a train to Cambridge and beyond.

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    Marisey

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

  • Agree with JCW, but to increase frequency of those trains. 1 train a hour from Wymondham to Cambridge is not good enough. Excess issues @ Wymondham station to platform 2 need addressing. I have 2 young children and a double buggy, and i have to add a extra hour as i have to go to Norwich so to excess a train to Cambridge and beyond.

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    Marisey

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

  • No improvement to train services to and from Norwich without the single line bridge across the river, just outside Norwich Station being replaced by a double tracked one. It was a very shorted sighted decision taken in the 1980's to single it and now we live with the consequences. Yes Great Yarmouth could do with a proper linked bus service to and from the town centre at least, and while we are about it, extend it to the sea front. Lowestoft could do with some proper services at its station, rather then the proposal to knock down the existing one and sell the site to developers, but I guess the last thing on anyone's mind is the poor passanger.

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    eagleye

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

  • With Kings Cross beig a much more useful destination in London than Liverpool Street it's about time there were a few through trains each day from Norwich via Thetford, Ely, Cambridge and Stevenage.

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    JCW

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

  • I'm afraid I am not voting for any of the five options listed in the poll! I would like faster and more frequent services to Midlands and north, with trains that are better suited (as Daisy Roots suggests) for long haul passengers. Improve travel to Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool; how about one or two direct trains to Leeds or Sheffield? Fewer confusing and disruptive changes at Ely - surely one of the bleakest stations in the region. For the Norwich-Liverpool Street service, the real need is for much better reliability, not higher speed or more modern trains.

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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