It is in all of our best interests to get this started and nail down the funding programme so Network Rail get cracking on with the job.It is complicated but infrastructure is absolutely necessary to get right.” EARLIER: Talks under way in Downham Market to end East Anglia’s rail bottleneck at Ely" reports Chris Bishop of the Eastern Daily Press.
Saturday 28 January 2017 - "Hopes rise over Ely junction upgrade" is the front page story of today's Eastern Daily Press, West Norfolk & Fens Weekend Edition.
The full story, on page 7, is headlined "Work on rail bottleneck could begin in three years." Taz Ali reports: "Improvements to a major bottleneck on the region's railways could begin in three year's time.
Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman said: “Ely junction is the bottleneck holding back our entire East Anglian economy, forcing passengers and freight onto our congested roads by preventing rail expansion." The EDP points out: "Work was due to start this year.
But a review published in 2015 postponed the upgrade for up to seven years.
Features include two-by-two seating with tables, power points at every seat and fully-accessible toilets. The project is part of an overall plan to replace almost all the trains on the Great Northern route by 2020." Friday 27 January 2017 - "Cash from LEP poised to break the deadlock over funding next stage of Ely North, Soham and Wisbech to March rail hopes" says John Elworthy in the Ely Standard.