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Business people supportive of rail renewal campaign

Wednesday, 21st November 2012.

Town business people have heard details of the campaign to bring the railway back to Haverhill and many have given it support.

Thebestof Haverhill welcomed guest speakers the Rev Malcolm Hill and David Edwards, the chairman and vice-chairman of the Cambridge to Colchester Rail Project to their meeting at Days Inn last week.

Malcolm and David addressed an audience of nearly 50 representatives from local businesses, the voluntary sector, Suffolk County Council, the Green Party and members of the public.

They presented some background information on the rail link project and outlined what was required to take the project to the next stage.

The meeting was chaired by Paul Donno, vice-chairman of Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and director of Jacobs Allen Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisers.

Elaine Carr, owner of thebestofhaverhill said: “From the feeling at our meeting the majority of people would welcome a railway for Haverhill.

"They see a railway as making travel easier, connecting Haverhill with the rest of the country. While there is a strong desire for a railway the view was expressed by some of our guests that it would never happen because of the cost involved.

"The Haverhill Town Council has offered an unspecified amount towards the funding of the engineering feasibility study and Peter Wakefield, the chairman of the Railfuture East Anglia organisation, also pledged financial support on receipt of a proposal from the rail project.

"I think we will see the funding being raised for the feasibility study and I hope the information provided by that study will provide the evidence to convince the Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex County Councils that the project merits their attention.

"For me there is no doubt that a railway would have a positive economic impact on town. It would make us more attractive to employers and I think encourage much-needed inward investment.”

To find out more about the Cambridge to Colchester Rail Project visit railhaverhill.net, if you would like to make a donation to the association please contact the Rev Malcolm Hill on 01787 375503.

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