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Massive support for rail renewal

By Helen Popper on Thursday, 12th August 1999.

RESIDENTS have pledged massive support for plans to re-open the railway between Cambridge and Haverhill.
Members of the Cambridge-Sudbury Rail Renewal Association collected signatures from shoppers in Haverhill to boost their campaign.
Haverhill councillor Jeremy Farthing said there was unambiguous support for the petition among residents.
"The level of support for this scheme is massive," Coun Farthing said.
"I would say people are 100 per cent in favour of this in the town."
The results will be used by Haverhill MP Richard Spring to push for Government funding for the rail scheme.
According to the association, the re-opening of the link, which was last used in 1967, would boost tourism and industry, and ease rush-hour congestion on the A1307.
"Coun Farthing said: "When it closed in 1967 a lot of businesses closed and industry left the town.
"People want to see the railway back because, although its possible to use the A1307 at the moment, the time will come when this country is bought to a standstill by traffic."
A pre-feasibility study carried out by the association estimated the cost of the scheme at 23 million.
Mr Farthing and members of the association will be collecting more signatures for the petition in the town this weekend.

Haverhill Weekly News

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