Talks are under way about the creation of a new railway station in Norfolk, as part of wider plans for a huge upgrade of the county's train network.

Proposals to build a new site south of King's Lynn form the centrepiece of a strategy unveiled by the Eastern Powerhouse (EP) at a conference in Cambridge this week.

The organisation, made up of MPs, councillors and business leaders, hopes the scheme - which it says will generate significant economic growth in the region - can be funded by Whitehall reallocating cash previously earmarked for the failed northern leg of the HS2 rail line.

The new station, at South Lynn, is the most eye-catching element of the EP's broader plans to improve the rail network to boost the region’s economy.

Eastern Daily Press: An aerial view of King's Lynn, which is currently only served by one railway station in the centre of townAn aerial view of King's Lynn, which is currently only served by one railway station in the centre of town (Image: Mike Page)

The group also wants to upgrade several other stations and develop them into so-called 'business hubs'.

It has been consulting with Norfolk councils to identify possible locations for the sites, which could become localised centres of industry. 

The South Lynn station would be located on the Lynn to London line on land to the south of the A47.

It would provide regular services to Cambridge as well as the capital and the EP believe it could benefit Norfolk by strengthening links to Cambridge - less than an hour away by train - which is expected to undergo massive economic growth in the coming years.

If it goes ahead, South Lynn would become Norfolk's first new railway station since Roughton Road station on the outskirts of Cromer, which opened in 1985.

Eastern Daily Press: James Palmer, director of Eastern PowerhouseJames Palmer, director of Eastern Powerhouse (Image: Newsquest)

James Palmer, director of the group, said: “We have been working with Network Rail following talks with the secretary of state for transport to look at ways of improving the railway network in the East and find potential new projects to the region.

“We have since been having discussions with West Norfolk Council about the potential for a second railway station for King’s Lynn.

“It follows us putting a call-out to local councils to identify potential locations of railway stations in need of investment, which we have gained several responses to.

“Improvement of railway stations is an example of our ambition to improve the transport network and are looking for stations lacking in trade and in need of regeneration.

“Creating a business hub within the locality is something we are exploring.”

Eastern Daily Press: West Winch is a village to the south of King's Lynn earmarked for major development and growthWest Winch is a village to the south of King's Lynn earmarked for major development and growth (Image: Chris Bishop)



The West Winch area in South Lynn is to experience a huge amount of growth in the next few years, with more than 4,000 homes due to be built, accompanied by new health, education and community facilities.

WNC says it aims to integrate a large number of new homes and associated facilities with the existing village community, creating a range of major improvements to bring economic benefits to the district and “maximise its extensive potential”.

Creating new transport links is an important part of the project and a new access road, linking the A47 with the A149, is already progressing.

Mr Palmer added: “Eastern Powerhouse can only open doors. We will work with councils and support their discussions with central government to find ways to encourage growth.”

Eastern Daily Press: Terry Parish, leader of West Norfolk CouncilTerry Parish, leader of West Norfolk Council (Image: West Norfolk Council)

Terry Parish, leader of the Independent coalition-led West Norfolk Council, said there was strong support for the idea.

 “A new railway station in West Winch would be ideal given the 4,000 homes intended to be built there,” He said.

“Officers are moving forward with discussions with Eastern Powerhouse. There is a lot of interest among councillors and officers for such a station.”



Mr Parish added that if the idea gets more traction, it would give more weight to calls for the rebuild of the crumbling Queen Elizabeth Hospital – currently planned for its current site east of the town – to be reconsidered for the West Winch/Hardwick area to the south.

“The important thing is that we get a new hospital. But a green field site with room to expand and include relevant business opportunities, with a rail link, would be ideal.”

 It is not the first time establishing a railway station in South Lynn has been raised.

In 2022, WNC councillor Anthony Bubb raised the idea as way of easing the strain on the region's roads after the new housing is built.

Eastern Daily Press: The old trackbed of a disused railway line which branched away from the King's Lynn-Cambridge line at South LynnThe old trackbed of a disused railway line which branched away from the King's Lynn-Cambridge line at South Lynn (Image: John Hocknell)


The South Lynn area had a station which opened in 1886 on land which is now just to the south the Saddlebow roundabout.

It was on the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway, the east-west line which connected Norfolk with towns and cities in the Midlands.

South Lynn was also connected via a busy junction to the line which ran south from Lynn.

Eastern Daily Press: The former railway sheds at South LynnThe former railway sheds at South Lynn (Image: Newsquest)

It was closed to passengers in 1959 but continued as a coal depot until 1966.

Some features of the line and station area can still be found.

The proposed new station would be to the east of the original station, to sit on the main Lynn line.

The area is currently farmland, with much of it due to be developed in the coming years.