What would a new rail service on the King’s Lynn — Hunstanton line look like?
We envisage a direct continuation from the London to King’s Lynn main line — so rolling stock will follow what the rail provider is using. The Vivarail ‘D-Train’ is a popular low cost model now used on many regional lines.
See pictures below.
A battery version is available which is not only more environmentally friendly but also has reduced maintenance requirements and avoids the need for refuelling. This saves costly and time consuming visits to distant maintenance depots.
Another option is the “Stadler Flirt Bi-modal” Train…
In 2018 several of these units were ordered by local operator Greater Anglia.
The units are built in Switzerland and feature the latest technology, and have a higher maximum speed than the D-Train (usually 99mph).
The advantage of these trains is the being “bi-modal” they can be used on overhead electrified lines, but also have diesel engines enabling use on non-electrified branch lines. We understand a bi-modal electric/battery version may also be developed.
This type of train could be used on a non-electrified King’s Lynn — Hunstanton Branch Line to give a through service between, say, Hunstanton and Cambridge and/or Peterborough.
As a rail line to Hunstanton would be potentially very attractive to tourists — a train service should cater for this. In the early 1900s special Sunday restaurant trains brought London golf tourists to Hunstanton for a days sport. We could have cycle cars — as illustrated here on continental trains. Come to Hunstanton and cycle the coast! Or come for a triathlon!
Many people have indicated they would like to see steam trains returned to the line. We think this would be great for special excursions! However our principal vision is for a modern, mass-transit system than can offer our community a fast, reliable alternative to road based transport.