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Your next stop will be Cambridge North - rail minister in talks to accommodate extra stop from King’s Lynn and Norwich

PUBLISHED: 08:26 16 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:42 16 January 2016

Conservative Sir Henry Bellingham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Conservative Sir Henry Bellingham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Transport bosses are in talks over how to accommodate extra passengers on “already full” trains from King’s Lynn to Cambridge when a new stop opens on the line near Cambridge next year.

A study into lengthening platforms to accommodate eight carriage trains is due to report back soon after vital work at Ely to allow more twice-hourly services was delayed beyond 2019, rail minister Claire Perry has said.

A new station near Cambridge Science Park is due to open in early 2017, and it is likely some trains running from Norwich to Cambridge and King’s Lynn to Cambridge will make a stop there.

In a letter to West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham this week, she said: “Passenger numbers between Cambridge and London have grown quickly and faster than forecast. Peak trains are heavily loaded and we are very conscious of the crowding that occurs. King’s Lynn services are already full and adding calls at Cambridge North means we need to explore with GTR [Govia Thameslink Railway – which operates the King’s Lynn to London line] how King’s Lynn peak trains can be extended from four cars to eight cars to provide extra capacity.”

Sir Henry said that while it was still bad news that the capital improvements to Ely North Junction had been pushed back beyond 2019, there was some good news regarding the introduction of a half-hourly service, and the longer trains.

“Improving our rail service is one of my key priorities over the course of this Parliament and I will definitely be keeping up the pressure.”

A DfT spokesman said: “Cambridge North station will help to make journeys better for passengers when it opens. We are currently working with the industry to establish which services will call at the station and when, taking into account the needs of local passengers without unduly affecting existing service performance. Further details will be provided in due course.

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3 comments

  • Can someone please remind MP Bellingham which party it was that employed Dr Beeching to enable them to destroy rail to the extent they did and, which party it was that decided, in the 80's rail was not worth nurturing. British Rail, in the 70's was one of the star rail organisations in world transport but it had to be killed for political expediency = more lies & deceit

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    Rob44

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • A non-story as previous posting states. Another bit of spin from Henry Bellingham, whom I understand has been nominated for a knighthood but has yet to receive it. Another piece of sloppy journalism. No mention of the need to upgrade signalling which is going to be very expensive and no plans to dual the track from Littleport to Downham, which will require major engineering work as the track is laid on peat. Useful if the journalist who wrote this propaganda article for H Bellingham Esq had checked with the Dept of Transport and Network Rail before writing a party political non-story. If trains are going to stop at Cambridge North the time taken to get to King's Lynn will be even longer than at present. Clearly H Bellingham Esq doesn't use the train on a regular basis apart from occasionally driving from Congham to Watlington to avail of the free parking having been part of the consortium that rebuilt King's Lynn station car park which charges for its use. Trains from Cambridge to Ely are regularly standing room only. Then most passengers get off. To save money the government could close the Ely to King's Lynn line. I hear it's only kept open to accommodate HM the Queen. H Bellingham Esq says “Improving our rail service is one of my key priorities over the course of this Parliament and I will definitely be keeping up the pressure” don't hold your breath on that one, his history on achieving anything for West Norfolk is zero.

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    Norfolcia

    Monday, January 18, 2016

  • So, how has the commitment on improving the service to Lynn moved forward, despite the delay in the upgrade to the Ely junction? Why does the article say Bellingham has made progress on it but fail to explain? And, if Cambridge can get a second station, why can't the powers that be look into reopening Hethersett station to improve congestion (both rail and road) around the south of Norwich. It would surely also relieve pressure on Thorpe station and improve links with the UEA, research park and N&N.

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    Steveo

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

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