Rallying cry for people to back King's Lynn to Hunstanton rail revival
- Credit: Archant
The public is being encouraged to show its support for a major project which could ultimately see rail travel reintroduced between two Norfolk towns.
Campaigners are bidding to reopen the railway between King's Lynn and Hunstanton, which closed in 1969 after helping the seaside resort become a booming tourist destination.
The plan has been labelled as the “biggest game changer in a generation” for the county.
Alongside the King’s Lynn-Hunstanton Railway Campaign (KLHRC), supporters have included North West Norfolk MP James Wild and county councillor Andrew Jamieson.
They have been building a case for the government's £500m Restoring Your Railway Fund, aimed at restoring axed services across the country.
And ahead of an upcoming deadline for latest proposals to be submitted, Mr Jamieson has challenged people and businesses to carry the mantle.
"Just a hundred positive words from lots of people could be a real game-changer, because ministers do sit up and take notice," he said.
You may also want to watch:
"You can help improve all our lives and those of future generations. Our chance of success will be so much greater if we work together."
Up-to-date plans must be submitted by March 5, after which the Department for Transport (DfT) will decide which schemes will receive up to £50,000 in kick-start money.
- 1 Boss puts Queen Anne family home up for sale for £1.325m
- 2 Woman found dead in country park is named
- 3 Town's country park remains closed after woman's body discovered
- 4 'You get relegated playing the Norwich way' - Old boy Bruce on Magpies' sorry plight
- 5 Prince Philip memorial erected in town park just a day after his death
- 6 Childhood friends unite to launch barbershop together
- 7 Investigations continuing after drugs seized during police raid
- 8 New Turkish takeaway which cooks over coals shows how kebabs should be done
- 9 EFL announce revised schedule to avoid Prince Philip funeral clash
- 10 Giant Wheel soon to be 'operational' on popular seafront
Funds can subsequently be used to pay for transport and economic studies, helping to form a wider business case.
The DfT has already approved 25 other ideas for cash, but has previously said it is impressed with the west Norfolk venture and its potential to boost the local economy.
A petition to win west Norfolk a fast new rail link has been signed by more than 7,000 people.
“Its advantages are very clear," added Mr Jamieson. "It would get our young people to employment in Cambridge without having to move home, and our elderly and sick to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in a much faster time.
"Tourists, so vital to our economy, could visit the area without jamming up the A149 in their cars.
“People moving to the area would also be better served after the recent explosion in new housing."
Visit hunstantonrail.org.uk to sign the petition. Letters of support can be sent to KLHRC via firstname.lastname@example.org.