MPs pushing for multi-million pound upgrade to Ely North Junction

MPS PRESENTED a letter to Transport Secretary Justine Greening this week urging her to invest in improvements to Ely North Junction at Queen Adelaide which they claim is slowing down East Anglia’s economy.

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss, Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman and West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock have been pressing for the �25 million upgrade.

The work would enable half-hourly trains to run between King’s Lynn, Ely and London, and speed up services between Norwich and Cambridge.

It would also enable more frequent services to run between Ipswich and Peterborough.

Ms Truss said: “By upgrading Ely North and removing the current bottleneck at the junction, this will create the opportunity for a Kings Lynn and Norwich Flyer service, with increased frequency.

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“Last month the Secretary of State said that she wanted to even out the rail spend across the whole of the country and I believe Ely North is on the right tracks to benefit from this.”

Mr Hancock said: “Double tracking the Ely North railway junction would bring a big boost to the town of Brandon, and the wider East Anglian economy, at an affordable cost.

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“Brandon will benefit from a twice hourly service to Cambridge, which will help address previous levels of under-investment in rail and better connect the town to one of the country’s fastest growing cities.”

MPs have been calling for improvements to Ely North junction to be made a condition of the new Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern rail franchise.

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