FASTER trains will be operational on the King’s Lynn to London line after confirmation of the change in the Chancellor’s autumn statement.
The change, as part of the National Infrastructure Plan, will see 125mph Intercity Express trains on the King’s Cross – Cambridge – King’s Lynn line.
This will be great news for both commuters using the line and for residents who make less frequent journeys. It also offers hope for additional services to King’s Lynn which were identified as necessary as part of the Initial Industry Plan.
After the announcement, local MP Steve Barclay said: “I very much welcome the Chancellor’s confirmation that funding will be made available for faster trains. Improving transport infrastructure has been one of my top priorities since becoming a Member of Parliament and I am pleased to see this is paying off.”
In addition, it was announced that rail fare increases, due in January 2012, will now be lower than expected. They will now be limited to RPI plus 1 per cent, compared to previous plans of RPI plus 3 per cent.
Steve Barclay added: “Any increase in fares is regrettable, and particularly so when families are finding it hard to pay their existing bills. It is also a concern when Network Rails costs are much higher than elsewhere in Europe. However, at least the impact has been reduced, and together with action on fuel prices, this will help hard pressed families.”