Rail link proposals welcomed by Wisbech business leaders

Steve Barclay MP meeting Peter Risebrow regarding Wisbech rail
Steve Barclay MP meeting Peter Risebrow regarding Wisbech rail
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Ambitious proposals to create a direct rail link between King’s Lynn and Peterborough via a new station in Wisbech have been welcomed by business leaders.

A retired British Rail traffic manager has unveiled plans to open up the Fens to the rest of the UK through a new rail link between Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

Peter Risebrow, who is also a former project manager for Eurostar, says his idea for a link between Lynn, Peterborough and the Midlands would use the existing track between Wisbech and March.

A year in the planning, Mr Risebrow unveiled the proposal last month as a feasibility study into whether the existing line can be re-opened is currently underway.

He said: “Work to re-open the Wisbech to March line is already well advanced, but it would make sense to future proof it now and look at everything together, especially when deciding the location of a new Wisbech station.”

Mr Risebrow’s plan would see a new station and car park off the A47, at the old petrol station just north of the Elme Hall roundabout, a new railway line to King’s Lynn running parallel with the A47 and a possible third platform at March station.

He said: “I have been amazed at the support the proposal has already received.

“The project may be ambitious, but far less so than the Borders Rail project (details of which are in my proposal document), and that’s now well under construction. A lot of people might think the idea is ‘pie in the sky’, but it is achievable. I would really encourage people to have a look.”

The plan has been supported by North East Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay, who is planning to discuss it further with his neighbouring parliamentary colleagues, Liz Truss MP, Henry Bellingham MP and Stewart Jackson MP.

He said: “The proposed new station at Wisbech could open up an even greater benefit for the Eastern region by enabling a King’s Lynn to Peterborough direct service. This would speed up journeys to the Midlands and North, and reflect the significant population growth plans of the region.

To view the proposal in full visit Mr Barclay’s blog at: http://stevebarclay.net/could-wisbech-station-open-up-a-direct-kings-lynn-to-peterborough-rail-link