Fen Line Users Association

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Weekend closures

There's no gain without pain. There are several weekend closures this autumn, with replacement buses all day Saturday and Sunday. Some of them are for the platform lengthening at Waterbeach and Littleport; there are some pictures of the first weekend at Waterbeach here (40 MB) and more recent ones here (33 MB).

Other possessions are for track renewal between Littleport and Downham Market. There will also be some overnight retamping of the ballast in December, so we can hope for a smoother ride by the end of the year.

Anniversary

Next summer sees the 175th anniversary of the opening of the southern part of our line on 28th July 1845. Read about it here (courtesy of the Cambridgeshire Collection) starting in the 4th column. In the 3rd column is a report of the first general meeting of the Lynn and Ely railway company, which built the northern part in stages over the next couple of years. The 1845 timetable is here.

Car parking at King's Lynn

We have had several reports of people who have parked at King's Lynn station receiving penalty notices for non-payment two or three weeks later, by which time they had thrown the ticket away. So when parking at King's Lynn it's advisable to keep the ticket, also check your registration number is entered correctly when paying.

ECML upgrade

Over the next two years, Network Rail will be undertaking some major works on the East Coast main line, including reconfiguring King's Cross station, replacing the 40-year-old signalling system, adding a new platform at Stevenage for the Hertford Loop trains, and building a grade separated junction north of Peterborough. There will be further closures similar to the one on August bank holiday, but we do not yet have dates for them.

More information at https://eastcoastupgrade.co.uk/ and https://www.greatnorthernrail.com/travel-information/plan-your-journey/kings-cross-remodelling.

What we do

We represent the interests of users of the Fen Line to the management of the franchise holders and Network Rail.

We monitor to ensure that services offered are maintained and improved.

We inform our members of the latest developments.

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AGM

The AGM takes place each November. Representatives of the rail industry attend to give members the opportunity to raise issues with key staff from across the network.

The 2019 AGM was held at the Discover Downham Heritage Centre, Priory Road, Downham Market on Saturday 16th November at 2pm.

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FLUA works to develop services on the King's Lynn to Cambridge line.

We seek the best for users from the fast-changing railway scene by working with all parties in the rail industry and with other relevant bodies in the development of the Thameslink Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise on the Fen Line.

Our submission to the Passenger Benefit Fund is here.

Some of our history

There are seven Fen Line stations: King's Lynn, Watlington, Downham Market, Littleport, Ely, Waterbeach, and Cambridge North.

Electric trains from Fen Line stations to Cambridge and London King's Cross are run by Great Northern for commuters, business and leisure users.

Greater Anglia operates electric trains from Fen Line stations to Cambridge and London Liverpool Street. These peak hour extras run Mondays-Fridays only.


Contact:
Secretary: fluasecretary@flua.org.uk
Webmaster: flua@ninetiles.com

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