by Susan van de Ven on 9 October, 2018
I’ve been contacted by concerned residents who rightly feel that more should be done to raise awareness of the following:
About 150 people attended the September 25 meeting at Shepreth Village Hall in order to hear a presentation from the ‘CamBedRailRoad’ (CBRR) group. The backdrop is the likely recommended ‘preferred route’ for the Bedford-Cambridge segment of ‘East West Rail’ – a project seeking to connect Oxford-Cambridge, with onward regional connections.
An announcement is expected before the end of 2018 and the preferred option is likely to run alongside Bassingbourn Barracks, Whaddon, Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton. It appears that the line would join the existing London-Cambridge line between Shepreth and Foxton, but you should be aware that unfortunately there are no plans for these new trains to stop at our village stations. There would of course be some significant local impacts in terms of the line running close to (or through?) some properties and requiring new level crossings.
CamBedRailRoad’s proposes an alternative route along the A428 corridor on the basis that this is where the bulk of South Cambs planned population growth is focused – Bourn Airfield, Cambourne and Northstowe – yet the A428 corridor lacks a strategic public transport link. CBRR are asking for equal consideration of both schemes.
The above diagram shows roughly the current ‘preferred route’ (C2-2 is the most southerly line), as CBRR have best been able to derive from available information.
Clearly all major infrastructure projects create challenges, but fellow councillors and I do feel it is important the villages are immediately aware of this as once final the final routes for consultation are announced we will have limited opportunity to influence the outcome.
Please note: The preferred route came from the Jacobs Report commissioned by Network Rail, but the East West Rail project is now the responsibility of the newly constituted East West Rail Company. If you would like to learn more, there’s lots of information under the ‘Resources’ section here.1 Comment