On the right track: Hundreds back campaign to reconnect Wisbech to the rail network

12:09 21 February 2013

The overgrown Bramley Line.

The overgrown Bramley Line.

Archant

SUPPORT has flooded in for a campaign to reconnect Wisbech to the rail network.

In less than a week, almost 300 people have signed an online petition demanding that Wisbech’s rail link is re-opened.

Railfuture, the national organisation behind the campaign, wants to see a direct train service from the Capital of the Fens to Cambridge - a journey which could take just 40 minutes.

Peter Wakefield, chairman of Railfuture’s East Anglia branch, said: “The recent Wisbech 2020 Vision document produced by councillors shows there is growing awareness of the benefits of the new rail route.

“I am calling on all residents to get behind the campaign to help make it happen.”

Campaigners want to see an hourly train service from Wisbech to Cambridge established, stopping at March, Manea, Ely, Waterbeach and Cambridge Science Park on the way.

A message on the campaign website - wisbechrail.org.uk - says that Wisbech is “relatively impoverished”.

It says: “Unemployment is high compared with the south of Cambridgeshire. Services such as health and education, have below average outcomes.

“The perception is that the town has visibly stagnated both socially and economically since the railway closed in 1968.

“The town and surrounding area have a population of around 31,000, one of the largest in the country without local access to a railway station.”

It adds: “Although using the old railway as a heritage route has been suggested, a proper railway as part of the national network will bring far wider benefits in terms of jobs and access to the region.”

Campaigners point to re-opened links in other parts of the country, such as Corby, which have been a “great success”.

Wisbech Town Council supports the re-opening project, while Cambridgeshire County Council is carrying out feasibility studies into the scheme.

The petition will be presented to the county council when it closes in a few weeks. To sign it, and for more information, visit wisbechrail.org.uk

0 comments

Yesterday, 13:22
A47 Guyhirn to Wisbech . Lorry off road. Picture: Steve Williams.

Recovery of the lorry that left the A47 near Guyhirn has been delayed until 11pm tonight to minimise disruption.

Yesterday, 09:39
A police chase took place through Fenland.

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of drug offences after a police chase through Fenland last night.

Wed, 09:42
Haran store, Norfolk Street, Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams.

A teenager was arrested early today for suspected robbery and assault – hours after thousands of our readers had seen dramatic CCTV footage of the alleged incident.

Yesterday, 10:14
The lorry overturned along Hook Drove, between March and Wimblington.

A lorry overturned along a Fenland drove this morning into a field – shedding its crop load.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Wisbech Standard e-edition today E-edition