NEWS

GERMANY: More than 200 closed, mothballed or freight-only lines could be reopened to serve 291 towns and a population of around 3 million people, according to proposals drawn up by the Association of German Transport Companies VDV and rail lobby group Allianz pro Schiene.
Its not just here – German Govt announces plans to reopen 4000km of railway   Railway Gazette International 9th July 2020
 

 
 
Final approval of the business case for re-opening the March to Wisbech rail link was given the green light today (Wednesday) by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CAPCA).
First trains along restored Wisbech to March line could be running by 2028 after business case gets the green light   Wisbech Standard 8th July 2020
 

 
 
The King’s Lynn to Hunstanton railway reopening proposal has been shortlisted as one of 50 projects across Britain that may be awarded funds by the Department of Transport for a detailed feasibility study.   A bid submitted by Norfolk County Council in June is one of only two projects in East Anglia that have made the list.   The other project is a proposal by the Mid Norfolk heritage railway group to run a service between Dereham and Wymondham.

The King’s Lynn Hunstanton bid proposes to reopen the former line as part of the national rail network — allowing communities in north-west Norfolk to once again have quick, reliable public transport to Cambridge, London and beyond.   It would also provide an alternative to road-based travel for the thousands of day trippers and holidaymakers that visit Norfolk every year.   There would also be opportunities for the line to be used for freight — considered to be a key goal for reducing road traffic and pollution in coming decades.

‘Biggest game changer in a generation’ – campaigners hail £100m rail plan   EDP 3rd July 2020

Government to examine King’s Lynn to Hunstanton railway bid   Lynn News 3rd July 2020

The ’20 minute’ coastal train line near Cambs that could re-open soon   Cambridgeshire Live 2nd July 2020
 

 
 
Network expansion, new inter-regional services and new stations

  • Delivery of East West Rail, linking Norwich, Thetford & Cambridge to Oxford to improve connections between E. Anglia & central, southern and western England.
  • Continued liason with promoters of private railways to provide support & action where appropriate, although in the short-term at least resources cannot be provided.
  • King’s Lynn to Hunstanton
  • Long-term, consider feasibility of mainstream passenger services to Dereham utilising exisiting private rail line.
  • New station near Broadland Business Park at Norwich.

King’s Lynn to Hunstanton — reinstating
Previously it has not been seen as feasible to consider reopening due to, amongst other things, the cost of reinstating the line & that it is compromised by development. However, no technical work had been undertaken to examine this in detail & therefore there was an unproven business case. The county council has recently agreed to look at whether there is likely to be a business case for reopening, albeit probably not on the exact original alignment due to, amongst other things, development compromising reopening. This work should report in early summer 2020.

Norfolk County Council committed to a feasibility assessment of the Hunstanton railway link as part of their ‘Norfolk Rail Prospectus’ which closed at the end of February 2020

 

 
 
The IRJ editorial team has put on its thinking cap to produce a 12-point plan to help rail become carbon free and take on a greater share of the transport burden. David Briginshaw outlines how rail can up its game in the battle against climate change.

How railways can contribute to a zero carbon economy   International Railway Journal 23rd December 2019
 

 
 
The reshaping of the railways left deep scars, with towns and villages isolated, and London all-important

Without the Beeching report there might not have been Brexit   The Guardian 6th October 2019
 

 
 
Officials at County Hall are set to commission a study looking at the potential viability of re-opening the line, 50 years after it closed.

Hunstanton rail campaigners welcome county study plan, but warn action needed soon on ‘connection crisis’   Lynn News 16th September 2019
 

 
 
The prospect of restoring Hunstanton’s rail link has been handed a boost, with NCC set to explore whether it would be viable to re-open it.

Boost for bid to revive railway link after over half a century   EDP 13th September 2019
 

 
 
At a time when the Government is spending billions of pounds on preparations for a ‘no deal’ Brexit, which may never happen, it was refreshing to learn that it is to launch a review of High Speed 2, which also may never happen.

Surely some of that HS2 money could be better spent right here?   Lynn News 27th August 2019
 

 
 
The railway was closed in 1969 — not as a result of the Beeching Report but mainly because of a litany of British Rail cutbacks that took no account of the needs of isolated coastal resorts

King’s Lynn to Hunstanton Reopening Campaign   RailFuture 7th June 2019
 

 
 
After a long hard campaign by Railfuture and affiliated groups, the government has stumped up the extra £32m needed to reopen the railway line to Portishead.

Portishead Line to Reopen   RailFuture 17th April 2019
 

 
 
The UK Government has announced its backing for a feasibility study into an extension of the Borders Railway.

UK Government announces support for feasibility study into Borders Railway extension   Railway Technology Magazine 1st April 2019
 

 
 
A £317m project designed to tackle bottlenecks has actually made traffic jams worse on dozens of major roads, a government-owned company has admitted.

£300m traffic jam-busting scheme made journeys longer, Highways England admits   Independent 7th April 2019
 

 
 
Hunstanton’s rail link must be restored to ensure the town’s future prosperity, a meeting heard.

Reopening rail line ‘vital’ for Hunstanton   EDP 13th March 2019
 

 
 
There is an ongoing consultation on Norfolk Greenways which involves the future of disused railway tracks across Norfolk.

Coastal footpath needs to be considered with Greenways   Lynn News 5th February 2019
 

 
 
Hunstanton provides work in retail and tourism but the tendency for younger people to move away, or commute, tends to be the normal practice.

Time to reconnect Hunstanton to the national rail network   Lynn News 2nd October 2018
 

 
 
Hunstanton and District Civic Society organised two Heritage Open Days this month.

Civic Society Heritage Open Days a reminder of what has been lost   Lynn News 18th September 2018
 

 
 
It should be apparent to most local people that Henry le Strange’s greatest gift to Hunstanton was the railway line from King’s Lynn to Hunstanton, which opened in October 1862, and closed in May 1969.

Restoration of the railway line to Hunstanton is 21st-century must   Lynn News 11th September 2018
 

 
 
If we can build HS2 at a cost of £70 billion, and rising, and we can’t do something with the K.L to Hunstanton line then there is something very wrong.

An interview with Sir Henry Bellingham MP   Hunstanton Town & Around July 2018
 

 
 
The King’s Lynn Hunstanton Railway received a welcome boost when North-West MP Henry Bellingham showed his full support for the initiative.

Initiative on the right track with MP’s support   Lynn News 6th March 2018