Minister urged to support the upgrade of rail links between King’s Lynn and Cambridge

The government today faced a fresh call to support the upgrade of the Fenline rail link to Kings Lynn, which includes Downham Market and Watlington.

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss asked transport minister Theresa Villiers to recognise the economic benefits of upgrading the link between Cambridge and King's Lynn.

Ms Truss is working with fellow MPs, councils across Norfolk and Cambridgeshire and the Local enterprise partnerships to put together a capital upgrade plan for the line to ensure that the Fenline is a viewed as a serious contender for future investment by Network Rail.

Speaking during transport questions in the House of Commons, Mrs Villiers said: 'Our current plans envisage that passengers on the Fenline could benefit from new inter-city express trains from 2018, which will offer improved passenger accommodation and shorter journey time to London. This is subject to satisfactory outcome of contractual negotiations with Agility Trains, and timetabling arrangements that will be finalised with the future franchisee.'

Afterwards Ms Truss said it was vital to maintain the pressure on government to secure the investment.

'There is a strong case for Network Rail to upgrade this line in their next funding phase,' she said. 'The phenomenal passenger growth on the line and jobs benefits to the area clearly justify it. I believe this route will be important to the future prosperity of South West Norfolk and I plan to maintain the pressure to ensure this is achieved.'

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