Wisbech rail link gets backing from Cambridgeshire County Council
A campaign to reintroduce a rail link for Wisbech has been given an extra boost.
Cambridgeshire County Council gave the project its unanimous support during a meeting.
Last year a campaign was launched by a coalition of private companies and local authorities to lobby the Government for the £50- £70 million needed to re-open the Wisbech to March line.
This link could boost the local economy by £13 million and there are hopes it could be open by 2020.
County councillors endorsed a motion welcoming the recent publication of the “Connecting North Cambridgeshire: Infrastructure for Growth” document as confirmation of the council’s continuing commitment to the redevelopment of Fenland. The motion was proposed by Cllr John Hipkin, and seconded by Cllr Fred Yeulett, Fenland District Council’s cabinet member for growth and county councillor for March East.
He told the meeting: “Opening up the rail link from Wisbech to Cambridge through March will prove beneficial to both Cambridge and Wisbech, cutting journey times drastically and giving opportunities for a deprived area and its people. It will make economic sense, given the disparity of costs of housing and commercial property.”
Cllr Yeulett added: “We need a more diversified economy. We need to give our young people the opportunity to live and work in Fenland.
“A lot of our high achievers leave the area. We must encourage them to stay.”