27/03/2013

More trains to & from Cambridge promised in shake up of region's railways

More trains from King's Lynn to Cambridge and from Norwich to Cambridge have been promised in a shake-up of the region's railways.


First Capital Connect 365502 at Downham Market station.

The Government said it hoped the improved services, which will be introduced once improvements to the Ely North junction are completed, will hit the 30 minute frequency called for by campaigners.

The plans were announced yesterday as part of the Government's new rail franchise programme, which also confirmed the news that the Great Northern & Thameslink franchise currently held by First Capital Connect will be extended by 12 months to September 2014, after that date a new franchise will be let which will, from July 2015 also include services that currently form the Southern franchise.

Improvements to the Ely North junction were announced last year and will be carried out in 2014 at the earliest.

First Capital Connect said additional trains and drivers would be needed to run the extra services, so they would have to be part of the next franchise.

The Government also announced yesterday that the publicly-controlled East Coast rail franchise, would be returned to the private sector. The new franchisee will carry its first passengers by February 2015.

In addition, as part of the Government's new eight year rail franchise programme, it is planned that the Greater Anglia franchise - currently operated by Abellio will be extended by 27 months to October 2016.

For more information on the Government's new rail franchise programme including the new eight year rail franchising timetable visit the DfT website.