The coalition of businesses in the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership area have responded to Network Rail’s Long-term planning process consultation to stress the importance of reopening the Wisbech to March railway. The response outlines the Strategic case, economic case and commercial case and can be downloaded here Anglia Route Study Consultation Response 030215
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 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.”
Please sign the petition here:
We have started an active campaign to gather more supporters following the launch of the Wisbech Rail Reopening lobby supported by businesses and councils.
Unfortunately we discovered a technical fault (which was fixed at 3pm today Wed 19th Nov) so have lost some of the signups in the last couple of months. If you have signed up over this period please do accept our apologies; we would appreciate it if you could sign up again. We will remove the duplicates. If you haven’t signed up yet then please do add you name and encourage your friends to.
Although the petition was handed to Cambridgeshire County Council on Tuesday 16th July 2013, with a total of 3784 supporters, 2907 from Cambridgeshire, we are still gathering new supporters and now have over 4000.
Can your business support the Wisbech Rail Reopening campaign? If so, please get in touch with Fenland District Council at email@example.com
Following the launch last week of the Wisbech Infrastructure for Growth lobby, the supporting brochure describing the huge benefits a rail link would bring to Wisbech is available for download here:
The press release about the event can be downloaded here:
The campaign to re-open the rail line between Wisbech and March is firmly on track after CEOs from Anglian Water and some of the region’s biggest businesses joined forces yesterday (Thursday November 13) with Stephen Barclay MP, Steve Count leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, John Clark leader of Fenland District Council, RailFuture and local councillors to launch Wisbech’s Infrastructure for Growth lobby.
The full press release can be downloaded here:
Steve Barclay reports from today’s launch of the Wisbech 2020 Infrastructure for Growth lobby which highlights potential to open up the Cambridgeshire jobs market with better transport links.
“Opening the Wisbech rail-link will cut travelling times to Cambridge by more than half and costs by a third, according to a new industry led study.
The economic case for opening the Wisbech rail-link, included in today’s launch of the Wisbech 2020 Infrastructure for Growth lobby, highlights potential to open up the Cambridgeshire jobs market with better transport links.
The report to today’s launch at Wisbech Boathouse says cutting travelling time between Wisbech and Cambridge via March would help support business and employment in the town by increasing accessibility.
It would also boost the local housing market by offering affordable homes for Cambridge workers, who could take advantage of the rail link to commute to work, which in turn would ease the pressure on property markets in Cambridge.”
Read more here:
Steve Barclay reports that Cambridgeshire County Council transport bosses have agreed to fast track work on the GRIP 2 engineering study, which will look at how Network Rail can deliver the Wisbech rail reopening project.
The County Council affirmed that it understood the urgency of completing the study by the end of February and agreed to push ahead with the work and promised that at the very least interim findings would be available by the spring deadline.
In the meantime it was also agreed to look at proceeding with the Grip 3 study, which would look at more detailed costings of the project, alongside the Grip 2 study, as that will also be needed if the project is to have a chance of funding.
More about the news here, along with a video update:
Plans to re-open the Wisbech to March rail link have taken another step along the track to becoming reality.
Cambridgeshire County Council agreed to work on two essential pieces of documentation side-by-side to make sure the project was ready when the next round of government transport funding becomes available.
The announcement was made at an infrastructure workshop attended by representatives from local government as well as business managers and directors, at Wisbech Boathouse.