MP keeps pressure on for better transport

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LOCAL MP Steve Barclay has maintained the pressure in his campaign to improve transport links in the area by meeting with National Express East Anglia and Fenland District Council to further press for improvements.

Mr Barclay met with Geraint Hughes, Stakeholder Manager from National Express East Anglia just days after he secured a visit from Rail Minister the Rt Hon Theresa Villiers.

He said: “I am delighted that my campaign for better transport links in the area is continuing to gather pace. It is important to include not only policy making figures such as Ministers, Councillors and my parliamentary colleagues but also those from the train operating companies and local council who will be delivering the improvements.”

At the meeting they discussed rail improvements across Cambridgeshire. These included potential improvements to stations at Whittlesey, March and Manea, increasing the number of services and electrification of the line from Cambridge to Kings Lynn.

Also present were other representatives from National Express including Area Manager Alan Neville and Sallie Bates from Network Rail. Fenland District Council was also represented with Wendy Otter, the Transport Development Manage and Cllr Kit Owen, Portfolio Holder for Growth and Transport in attendance.

After the meeting Mr Barclay said: ‘I feel that this was a really constructive meeting. National Express East Anglia have appeared to recognise the challenged posed by North East Cambridgeshire and are