Mayoral Election 2017 – A rail strategy for Cambridgeshire

thumbnail.PNGRailfuture East Anglia have produced a leaflet which highlights some of the rail projects needed to meet the future growth in rail use for both passengers and freight in Cambridgeshire.
This has been sent to the candidates for the Cambridgeshire Combined Authority Mayor asking them to work with the Government and rail industry to ensure an early delivery of these schemes which includes the reopening of the line to Wisbech.

The issue: The restoration of passenger services linking Wisbech to March and Cambridge is needed to support major new development of 10,000 to 12,000 homes in Wisbech . A recent survey by Fenland Council showed that 94% considered the new railway essential to any new development. Over 4000 people have signed a Railfuture petition calling for the rail link. A through service to Cambridge has the best business case but will require work at Ely North Junction.
Current Status: The County Council has commissioned feasibility studies on the rail re-opening. Fenland Council has submitted a £2m funding bid to develop the new garden village plans including new transport links.
Action required: The new Mayor will need to keep development of the rail scheme moving and project costs under control.

The complete document can be downloaded here.

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