South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss. Picture: Supplied.

A fresh bid is to be made today to re-open a railway pub and cafe, which closed following a rent dispute.

Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss is to meet with rail operators to discuss the future of what was the Railway Arms and Fenland Express cafe building on platform one at Downham Market station.

South West Norfolk MP Ms Truss said she was “extremely disappointed” when it closed.

“The Railway Arms and cafe proved to be a fantastic asset to the station and town so I was extremely disappointed when it closed.

“I am keen to ensure that the building is put back into use as soon as possible and will be meeting with representatives from Govia Thameslink, local councillors and the Fenland Users’ Association to discuss this.”

Ms Truss said the station was a key gateway to the town and Fens and that it was vital the potential of the site was “maximised”.

The award-winning micro-pub was CAMRA’s (Campaign for Real Ale) Cider Pub of the Year in 2016.

It was also featured in a past screening of the BBC2 documentary series, Great British Railway Journeys.

Run by Ian Pinches, the doors were closed following a proposed rent increase which he claimed was “excessive”.

At the time, a spokesman for Great Northern said it was a “very modest” increase and that it was “surprised and saddened” at the closure.

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