Rail link is ‘sweet music to my ears’

THE headlines in last week’s Citizen (Wisbech edition regarding a town rail link), is nothing short of sweet music to my ears.

I have been a member of the Wisbech and March Bramley Line since late 2004, attended my first meeting in March 2005, going on to become chairman in July 2007, then standing down at the 2010 annual meeting to care more for my now late wife, who sadly passed away with cancer.

Despite several hiccups and committee changes along the way, I have remained dedicated in trying to raise funds to help get this project off the ground and running.

At this present time, the Trust are working on getting a firm base tidied up, so this is the reason a few people think there is nothing going on when, in fact, we are out there on average twice a week. Some members even travel from Essex to assist and at their own expense.

Until recently two members were attending car boot sales almost weekly, trying to raise funds as well as awareness to our project.

The news of this possible funding from the Town Council is the boost the Trust so much needed, as well as more members to help.

When the track clearing was first started, there were around 20 members every week, working some four to six hours a time, but this dwindled when it became obvious it is going to be one long job because we are only allowed to use hand tools.

I have now officially retired, yet I still do what I can to help, cutting brambles or assisting at the ‘Roadshow’ when out.

As for the line being ripped up if it isn’t opened soon, this is wrong to our knowledge, as Network Rail have never told us this.

Two questions need answering, if as has been suggested, this should be reconnected to the main line for commuters instead of the Heritage Line.

•.Would a train operating company propose to put the station at the Wisbech end?

• .How will they run trains into March station when Network Rail have already said no to this happening, even removing the track into the platform/s once used?

BRIAN BAYLIS