MP presents rail petition

Steve Barclay with Michelle Boughton
Steve Barclay with Michelle Boughton
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Fenland MP Steve Barclay formally presented a petition to Parliament calling for better evening rail links from Cambridge to March.

Following a sustained local campaign, over 700 residents signed the petition requesting improved train services and extended operating hours at weekends.

Currently the last direct weekend service to March leaves Cambridge at 9pm, making it difficult for March residents to access evening entertainment and travel home from the city later at night.

The MP formally laid down the petition before Parliament and requested that the suggested improvements to services feature in the Greater Anglia rail franchise scheduled for 2016.

Mr Barclay said: “I am delighted to present this petition. It is a great example of the community coming together to call for better transport links which would greatly benefit local residents by allowing them to enjoy an evening out in Cambridge.

“The petition highlights the fact that above average population growth in March which strengthens improved rail links to the region’s cultural and commercial centre.

“It is important that residents’ access to cultural and leisure opportunities in Cambridge is not restricted by inconvenient train services. I will be pushing for the petition to be included in the plans for the franchise agreement which is up for renewal in 2016.”

The campaign, led by organiser Michelle Boughton distributed the petition throughout local schools, community groups and shop in North East Cambridgeshire.