I wanted to come and see Ely station, see the track set-up and the nature of the problem.
This is going to be a complex problem to do such a busy, busy interchange." The Newmarket Journal continues: "Lucy Frazer MP, who was also at the station, backed upgrades to the junction.
However, concerns have been raised by Queen Adelaide and Ely residents about the impact the rail improvement works could have on the B1382.
In Ely, the Transport Secretary was joined by the Deputy Mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and Leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council, Cllr Charles Roberts, Portfolio Holder for Transport at the Combined Authority, Cllr John Clark and the local MP for South East Cambridgeshire, Lucy Frazer QC MP.
It is important for Cambridgeshire, East Anglia and the whole of the country given what an important freight route it is.
I have always taken the view that you can't understand what needs to be done unless you come see for yourself.
Services between Cambridge and London King’s Cross will operate normally.
Valid rail tickets will be accepted on the rail replacement bus services.
Once complete they will expand capacity across East Anglia, meaning fewer delays for passengers." The transport minister tells the paper: "This is one of the key priority projects for the railway.
Services to and from Ely and Waterbeach will also be affected.
BUSES WILL SERVE KINGS LYNN, WATLINGTON, DOWNHAM MARKET, LITTLEPORT and ELY, but journey times will be up to 90 minutes longer.
But the company says it is confident that passengers will feel the benefits of current improvement work "for generations to come. The report said that although some improvements had been introduced, including new trains on the Great Northern route, the level of disruption seen under the franchise meant the government had not achieved value for money from it so far." Discover King's Lynn chairman Darren Taylor tells the newspaper: "I call on GTR to take immediate action to improve their services and to follow through as soon as possible with their promises for eight-carriage trains on the Fen Line." North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham calls the report a "dreadful indictment", reports the paper, which continues: "he was concerned that failure to deliver new rolling stock elsewhere on the network could have implications for the longer trains promised in the Fen Line." Association Secretary Andy Tyler tells the Lynn News: "following talks this week, the company had been 'overwhelmed' by problems." Top of the page is the article "Train firm helps charity get on board" which outlines how Great Northern is involved with the 'Red Balloon' charity.
Thursday 11 January 2018 - The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority issues a media release "Transport Secretary visits Queen Adelaide to discuss proposed works to Ely North junction."Ely North junction is a busy intersection which serves both passenger and freight lines, often trains have to slow down and wait for others to pass leading to significant levels of congestion.It could well be that some of the £74 million given to the Mayoral Combined Authority in the budget could be used to do this, however, this would need to be subject to wider discussion at board level." Thursday 11 January 2018 - "Transport secretary signals support for Ely track upgrades" writes Dan Barker in the Newmarket Journal.