Wisbech rail petition presented

Rail petition presentation
Rail petition presentation
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Petitioners, calling for the re-opening of the Wisbech rail link, yesterday (Tuesday) presented 2,907 signatures backing their campaign.

Peter Wakefield, chairman of the East Anglia Branch of Railfuture, made the presentation at the full meeting of Cambridgeshire County Council at its Shire Hall headquarters.

The hope is for a direct service to Cambridge. Mr Wakefield explained there are also another 493 signatures from Norfolk and a further 384 from friends and family elsewhere in the country. He said the campaign also gained strong support from March, Manea and other local villages.

He told councillors the reasons behind the campaign included to help economic regeneration of the area by linking it to the successful economy of the rest of Cambridgeshire and that the way to achieve it is working with the county council and its three-stage study.

Mr Wakefield said the first study has already shown that the line can be operated profitably. Further work being done this summer will determine the costs of re-opening the line.

“It is important that the County Council drive this valuable scheme through as a priority and ensure it is included as a requirement in the next Greater Anglia rail franchise when it is re-let by the government in October 2016,” he said, adding the campaign has also received the support of Wisbech Mayor, Samantha Hoy and Wisbech Town Council.

He said this is a “positive petition which has received overwhelmingly positive support that can benefit many people” and he urged councillors to support it.

Pictured at the petition presentation are some councillors with some Railfuture members.