Downham Market station. Picture: Supplied.

Members of Parliament, councils and business leaders will be attending a rail summit today and discussing improvements which will affect West Norfolk.

SW Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss has organised the meeting after months of lobbying to implement promised improvements to the Ely North junction.

Network Rail had earmarked the crucial junction for improvements before 2018, but a review revealed that the full cost of the scheme had not been accurately calculated. It continued that work would not start until much later.

The Hendy Report, published in November last year outlined a number of schemes which were likely to be delayed.

“MPs, councils and business leaders are fully committed to securing the upgrade of Ely North as soon as possible, however, the full cost and scale of the project is still not known,” said Ms Truss.

The junction is central to upgrading the service from King’s Lynn to King’s Cross to half-hourly.

“I have met the Transport Secretary and rail minister to reiterate the fact that this is a critical rail junction in the eastern region,” she added.

North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham said: “This is an absolutely crucial investment as it will unlock a series of key improvements.”

Ely North has long-been a bottleneck on the line from Norfolk to the capital.