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Proposed route for rail renewal to be put to public

Monday, 9th February 2015.

The latest meeting of Rail Haverhill, the Cambridge to Colchester Rail Project, took place at Haverhill Arts Centre on Saturday, January 31.

The meeting heard from one of its members, Alan Alexander, who presented a concept statement identifying the potential route between Cambridge and Haverhill.

This would join the main line at Great Shelford and then link Sawston, Babraham Institute, Granta Park, Abington, Linton, and Haverhill.

A completely new dual electrified track was suggested capable of running 90 mph trains.

The line would be part of a larger rail network linking the developing East-West line from Oxford to Cambridge (already in Government plans for re-instatement) to Sudbury, Colchester and Chelmsford.

The meeting agreed that Mr Alexander's proposal should be the basis of a presentation to the public, and that the project's funds should be employed to publicise the scheme, and the project as a whole.

It was also agreed to contact a local public relations company to ask for assistance in promoting the scheme via all available means, particularly to government and responsible authorities, to move the project forward.

The next meeting of the group will be on Saturday, March 21, at 11am at the Arts Centre. All are welcome.

This project has now been active for almost 20 years. Its achievements to date include:
A positive pre-feasibility study on the rail route between Cambridge and Sudbury;
A petition for reinstatement of the line which raised some 12,000 signatures;
A professional market research study which identified that 73 per cent of the respondents would use a renewed rail-line between Cambridge and Haverhill.

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