On Friday 26th February, South East Cambridgeshire MP Lucy Frazer joined other local MPs, Network Rail, council leaders and the LEP for a roundtable meeting to discuss the upgrade to the Ely North Junction.
The upgrade was delayed by Network Rail in 2015 following increased projected costs. The works, which would provide half-hourly services between King’s Lynn and London, were put back to at least 2019, when the next funding period starts. Lucy and other local MPs held the meeting to press for the next stages of the project, which is a feasibility study, to go ahead without delay and to ensure progress on the upgrade.
Speaking after the meeting Lucy said, “I have long campaigned for the upgrade to Ely North to go ahead without delay. It is vital for the wider region. The setbacks to the timetable were disappointing, but we now have to move forward and work with Network Rail to find a proper solution. We want to ensure that the next stage, which is a feasibility study, takes place as soon as possible and does not prolong the delay. I, along with my parliamentary colleagues, met with the Rail Minister earlier this week to press the Department for Transport to ensure that this study goes ahead.”