Rail petition presentation

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Wisbech Rail Re-opening Campaign - Wisbechrail.org.uk - will be presented their petition to Cambs County Council on Tuesday, July 15.

Campaigners have confirmed that the county council has agreed to the handover at the full council meeting at 10.30am.

The petition, who has gathered hundreds of signatures, is in support of Cambridgeshire County Council continuing development of the business case for re-opening the seven miles of railway from Wisbech to March to reconnect Wisbech to the national rail network and calls for the provision of an initial hourly Wisbech to Cambridge service.

The petition campaign has created enormous interest in Wisbech and district with 3784 signatures - 2907 live in Cambridgeshire. Most of the rest live cross border adjacent to Wisbech in Norfolk and Lincolnshire with some friends and relatives of Wisbech residents who live elsewhere in the UK.

Campaigners also delivered over 11000 leaflets to households in the built up area of Wisbech, plus 800 in Manea and 1200 in March.

The petitioners have also asked MPs in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk to work together to make the case with the appropriate Transport Minister to make sure the Wisbech reconnection to the nation rail network is put into the next Greater Anglia franchise as a commitment.