Work to ease overcrowding at peak times on the King’s Lynn to London rail line is set to be completed next year, campaigners have been told.

Rail bosses have given assurances to representatives of Lynn’s Business Improvement District (BID) committee that train operator Great Northern will be running eight-carriage trains from December next year.

Darren Taylor, chairman of the Lynn BID and the Town Centre Partnership, said he was happy with what he was told by senior officials at Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs Great Northern.

He heard the company was committed to running twice-hourly trains to and from Lynn once the Ely North junction upgrade was completed.

Mr Taylor said he was also pleased to hear about the company’s commitment to the Fen Line and specifically to the town.

He said: “There is still a way to go but I was very happy with how the talks with Govia Thameslink went.

“I’ll now be looking to set up a meeting with Network Rail to discuss progress on the Ely North junction improvements to make sure King’s Lynn gets the train service we have been promised and which we deserve.

“I would like to reassure town centre businesses and commuters that the plans appear to be going well, but we will keep up the pressure to make sure it happens.”

Mr Taylor also thanked North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham for setting up the meeting.