A major feasibility study into rail improvements for the area can now be undertaken after £8.8million of funding was pledged.

The study will provide options to increase rail capacity and provide improvements for freight and passenger services through the Ely area – affecting the King’s Lynn to King’s Cross service.

The Strategic Freight Network has provided £2.2million, with a further £3.3million each coming from Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and New Anglia LEP.

The money will allow Network Rail to carry out feasibility work which needs to be completed before improvements to rail infrastructure in the Ely area can be considered for funding.

Mark Reeve, chairman of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP said: “Work to improve the Ely North junction
is critical for unlocking economic growth across not only the LEP
area, but across the whole of the East.”

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss said: “I am delighted that funding has now been confirmed by the LEPs for the preparatory work on the Ely North rail junction along with the adjacent roads and level crossings.

“This is a key infrastructure project in the East that will provide a fantastic boost not only to the economy of South West Norfolk, but the wider region as well.

“Work can start on developing the scheme in a couple of weeks and will take 24 months to complete.”