The new trains on the Bittern Line are a welcome improvement but an increase in the frequency of services from key stations can only come about through radical improvements in infrastructure.
The roll-out of the new trains on the Bittern Line has been marred by problems with the archaic infrastructure of this heavily used line. The track and signals are the responsibility of Network Rail and major improvements are needed if a more frequent and faster service is to be introduced. Track improvements to remove speed restrictions, bridge strengthening and an improved track layout at Cromer as well as modern signalling are all required.
Lib Dem Cllr Seward will be asking the following question at Norfolk County Council IDSC (County Infrastructure & Development Committee) next week:
"The public have been short changed on the Bittern Line for much of last year and the problems with signalling and the track are wider than Greater Anglia and could seemingly be resolved given priority and a reasonably small investment. The time for action is now. So how is the Council going to use the rail prospectus to put pressure on the train operators and network rail to bring real change on the Bittern Line and give the public a much better level of service?"