Monthly Archives: January 2015

East Anglia rail franchise consultation

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The Department for Transport are running a consultation for next East Anglia franchise; a valuable opportunity for local residents to express their support for the reopening of the Wisbech to March railway.

Question 3 asks:
Are there any changes to the current passenger rail service (i.e. number or trains per hour/day), as set out in paragraph 5.8, which you feel should be considered? If so, please explain your rationale. For example, please identify specific local factors which might influence the future level of passenger demand which you consider should be reflected in the specification.

It would be useful if you could respond to EAconsultation2014@railexecutive.gsi.gov.uk about the “East Anglia rail franchise consultation” saying the railway from March to Wisbech should be reopened and suggesting the service you would like to see provided; e.g. an hourly through rail service from Wisbech to Cambridge. This can be backed up by a comment about how this would benefit you and Wisbech.

For more information Steve Barclay describes the background to the consultation here including more ideas for rail improvements in Fenland: http://stevebarclay.net/speak-up-for-better-rail-service/

The consultation document can be downloaded here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/east-anglia-rail-passenger-franchise

Restoring rail link between Wisbech and Cambridge will create hundreds of jobs and slash commuting times

“Restoring a rail link between Wisbech and Cambridge will halve commuting times and create at least 230 jobs in the town, a report claims.

The Infrastructure for Growth document, which highlights the benefits improved traffic infrastructure can bring to Wisbech and the rest of Fenland, is being shared with senior ministers.

In addition, reopening the rail link, at a estimated cost of between £50-70million, will boost local incomes by £13million annually and lead to the building of more than 500 homes.

Raised incomes will come about through a combination of a number of factors, most significantly jobs, higher wages, more homes and higher house prices.

Re-connecting March and Wisbech forms a key part of the Wisbech 20/20 Vision, a joint Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council project to boost the town’s economy.”

“The economic case for reopening the line is compelling.”

http://www.cambstimes.co.uk/news/restoring_rail_link_between_wisbech_and_cambridge_will_create_hundreds_of_jobs_and_slash_commuting_times_report_claims_1_3918154