Have your say on station masterplan

Local residents are being given the chance to have their say on proposed improvements to Whittlesea train station.

A draft masterplan setting out a vision for the station’s future goes out to public consultation next week (June 3).

It shows the proposed location of facilities that are expected to be delivered at the station in future. This includes car parking, lighting, waiting shelters, customer information points and proposals for access between the platforms.

Fenland District Council and Whittlesey Town Council are now putting the proposals out for a six-week consultation. It begins on Monday (June 3) when a copy of the plan along with details about how to respond will be available on FDC’s website at www.fenland.gov.uk/transport or at the town’s Fenland @ your service shop.

There will also be opportunities to meet staff and councillors to discuss the proposals and see examples of how some of them might look at the following events in the town:

Tuesday, June 11: 3pm at Whittlesey Town Council, Grosvenor Road

Saturday, June 15: 9am-12 noon at Whittlesey Town Council, Grosvenor Road

Wednesday, June 19: 6.30-10am - Whittlesea Station, Station Road

In 2011 and 2012 local organisations and the public expressed their support for improvements to the station through the Fenland Rail Development Strategy and Whittlesey Market Town Transport Strategy consultations. Since then the two councils have been working with Greater Anglia, the train operating company, and Network Rail to draw up the new plans.

Councillor Ralph Butcher, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for transport, said: “The draft masterplan is an important next step for helping to achieve the train station improvements that are needed and to deliver the Fenland Rail Development Strategy. I hope that members of the public will respond to the consultation and visit us at the consultation events so that we can gain as many views as possible.

“The final version of the plan will be implemented in future years, so it is important that people give their views now to influence the future design of Whittlesea train station.”

Councillor David Mason, the Mayor of Whittlesey, said: “Whittlesey Town Council is pleased that after several months of discussions and preparation a draft masterplan has been drawn up through the Fenland Rail Development Strategy for improvements to Whittlesea Station.

“The station area has been sadly neglected for some years and there is now a plan on the table which the commuters and residents of Whittlesey are being asked to comment on. Your views are necessary to enable the plan to incorporate your ideas and finally to be adopted and implemented in the future.

“Please respond to the consultation either online, by visiting the one-stop shop or by attending one of the consultation events. This is your opportunity to have your voice heard on a very important plan.”

The councils intend to amend the plan following the consultation and then adopt a final version that can then be implemented in stages in future years.

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