Transport campaigners are calling on North Norfolk residents to take part in the latest Department for Transport consultation surrounding the East Anglia rail network.
The North Norfolk Labour Party, which earlier this year launched a petition for later trains on the Bittern Line, are calling on those who wish to see later trains in the district to respond to a new consultation launched this week. The findings of the Department for Transport consultation will feed into drawing up the contract for East Anglia’s rail network in 2016.
Campaigners met with Greater Anglia in September who claimed that midnight trains from Norwich could be possible – but only with a rethink from Network Rail which carries out maintenance on the lines overnight.
The Labour Party would also like to see the new hourly service at weekends continue beyond 2016, more capacity on trains at busier periods – particularly on Norwich City match days, and the inclusion of Worstead and Gunton in more train services.
Denise Burke, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for North Norfolk, said: “This consultation takes into account views on all of the train lines in the East of England and so we should not miss this opportunity to feed in our views on the Bittern Line too.
Hundreds of residents signed our petition earlier this year for later trains from Norwich to North Norfolk and this is a good opportunity to ensure it features on the specifications of a future contract.
The need for better public transport provision is regularly mentioned by residents on the doorsteps and we must continue to assert pressure on the government to make it happen.”
The consultation will run until 16 March 2015 and can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/
Photograph: The Levels are High / Flickr