Major road and rail projects to boost growth in Fenland have taken a huge leap forward thanks to £500,000 of transport funding.
The government has agreed to fund studies into the long-awaited re-opening of the Wisbech to March railway line and dualling of the A47 between Wisbech and Guyhirn.
The cash will be available next April but local MP Steve Barclay is hoping either Fenland District Council or Cambridgeshire County Council will get the ball rolling sooner knowing they will get their money back next year.
The funding is coming through The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership as part of a £71 million growth deal for the area.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the investment will create thousands of jobs, build new homes and boost transport links across the region.
“We’re placing the power and money in the hands of people in the Cambridge and Peterborough areas who know how to spend it best, making a real difference to local communities,” he said.
Mr Barclay, who has been lobbying ministers to fund transport feasibility studies in Fenland since his election, said: “This is the breakthrough we have been waiting for.
“For years people of Wisbech have felt forgotten with a disgraceful transport infrastructure situation where the people of Wisbech have had no train station and less than two miles of dual carriageway in the whole district.
“Now we need either Cambridgeshire County or Fenland District Council to agree to spend the money from their reserves on the understanding the funding will be forthcoming in April.
“Everyone I speak to tells me how important it is for the area’s growth to have a rail link for Wisbech and the A47 dualled, so the sooner we can make progress the better.”