Support rail scheme

PUBLISHED: 12:06 11 August 2006 | UPDATED: 19:47 01 June 2010

THE excellent coverage given to the Bramley Line Group by your paper I fear was two years too late. The chairman has known for two years what Network Rail was asking regarding legal fees. He should be thankful that over the two years since it was first pu

THE excellent coverage given to the Bramley Line Group by your paper I fear was two years too late.

The chairman has known for two years what Network Rail was asking regarding legal fees. He should be thankful that over the two years since it was first put forward that interest and inflation has not come to bear.

I support this venture, be it operated by the Bramley Line or one of the more imaginative train-operating companies which would be interested in operating a service in the rush hour to Peterborough or Ely that I feel would most certainly reduce some of the fast growing traffic to these areas.

It is the only intended heritage railway that does not have a single railway structure left after the closure in 1968, other than two empty platforms at March, to which the group has been refused entry (at the moment).

The group wants to sit back and take a look at the direction it is taking. Maybe the leadership is putting members under a misapprehension. With five coaches rotting in March up yard and a £20,000 request being made to cover legal fees, I fear it will require a great deal more than that.

This is the most important project since the building of the bypass (which hasn't helped traffic in and out of town) and it should be supported by those who could eventually benefit from it in the future. I mean, of course, those industries frustrated by time lost and the costs of road haulage that will get worse as the years progress.

It would take just 20 businesses to subscribe £1,000 in order to open the doors to a venture that can only do the town good.

OWEN SMITHERS

(Ex-membership secretary and member)

Maple Avenue

Wisbech

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