LAUNCH: At King’s Lynn station is Keith Jipps, with borough council planning official Peter Jermany, West Norfolk Mayor Carol Bower, president of the Fen Line Users’ Association (FLUA) Robert Stripe, FLUA chairman Colin Sampson, and the Mayor’s consort Simon Bower.

MODERN, air-conditioned carriages will be pulling up at King’s Lynn railway station.

On Monday Great Northern, run by Govia Thameslink Railway, launched its new-look trains which will run between King’s Lynn and Cambridge.

And, in the next few months, passengers will also be able to log on to free Wi-Fi.

The train operator has also doubled its service at Ely station and introduced a twice-hourly service between London King’s Cross and the new station at Cambridge North.

Govia Thameslink Railway infrastructure director Keith Jipps said: “These cool trains are a refreshing change for our passengers along the route to King’s Lynn.

“We think people will really click with the free Wi-Fi that we’ll be adding in the coming months and the on-board information systems and power points at every pair of seats.

“Parents with buggies, passengers with luggage and people with restricted mobility will also welcome the train’s accessible toilets and designated areas for wheelchair users.

“This is part of a plan to replace three-quarters of our trains by 2020 – in just a few short years, we’ll be moving from one of the oldest fleets in the country to one of the newest.”

With 40 per cent more seats at Ely, Mr Jipps said: “This should ease crowding on the King’s Lynn services which will be a real boon for our passengers.

“King’s Lynn itself will have an extra early off-peak service at 09.30 via Cambridge North but otherwise trains here will run to the same timetable as before.”

Network Rail is working towards completing upgrades by the end of next year which would allow Great Northern to double the length of trains from Lynn to eight carriages.

This would then allow these trains to stop at Cambridge North.

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