The petition was handed to Cambridgeshire County Council on Tuesday 16th July 2013, with a total of 3784 supporters, 2907 from Cambridgeshire.
Following the presentation of the petition to Cambridgeshire County Council, we have now received this very positive response from Cllr Martin Curtis, the Leader of the Cambridgeshire County Council. Railfuture East Anglia on behalf of the petitioners, welcomes this positive reply and look forward to the reinstatement of national rail services from Wisbech. Our press release can be downloaded here (PDF document).
COUNTY COUNCIL – 16 JULY 2013 – RESPONSE
Thank you for presenting your 2907-signature petition at Council on 16 July 2013, supporting the re-opening of the Wisbech to March railway line and provision of a through train service to Cambridge.
We welcome this petition and all the work you and the Campaign have put into promoting better transport links for Wisbech. This is an important part of demonstrating the strength of feeling locally and in time, of improving provision.
The Council supports the goal of better transport links to and from Wisbech, and rail if possible, and has already commissioned work to understand the feasibility of different options to achieve that goal. We are now carrying out detailed works into the proposals so
that we can understand the scale of costs involved and how they may be addressed and, subject to the outcome, we would hope then to be in a position to identify potential solutions. I appreciate that this process may appear to be very lengthy, but it is necessary to ensure we develop the right solution.
As we move this work forward, I will ensure that my officers keep the campaign and Railfuture informed of progress, and hope that a positive outcome for Wisbech can be achieved as soon as possible.
If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Cllr Martin Curtis
Leader, Cambridgeshire County Council