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Rail Haverhill campaign group still wants to see a light rail linking Haverhill and Cambridge

The chairman of a group campaigning for a light rail connection from Haverhill to Cambridge fears that its wishes could be sidelined in favour of alternative transport links now being consulted on.

Recently appointed Rail Haverhill chairman Marcus Field-Rayner says the group has been campaigning for years for the re-instatement of the rail link to Cambridge as ‘an essential and entirely separate system to the A1307’.

As things stood, said Mr Field-Rayner, such a link had not been discounted in the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s (GCP) Cambridge South East Transport - Better Public Transport Project proposals, but Rail Haverhill felt everything was being weighted in favour of using a rubber-tyred tram-like vehicle and not light rail.

A light rail train, such as this one departing from Central Station in Sydney Australia, is still favoured by Rail Haverhill
A light rail train, such as this one departing from Central Station in Sydney Australia, is still favoured by Rail Haverhill

The GCP proposals include various options for new links from a new travel hub near the A1307/A11/A505 to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus – all of which feature the tram-like buses and all of which are now under consultation.

As part of the public involvement, an information event is being held at Haverhill Arts Centre from 5pm to 7pm on October 10, and Mr Field-Rayner said it was important for people to attend and show their support for the light rail option.

He said: “There is a degree of concern and nervousness among Rail Haverhill.

“It just seems to be going headlong towards the introduction of these bendy buses going along the road surface being the current favoured option of the Cambridge service as a whole.

“Amongst Rail Haverhill there is still a great concern that light rail or a tram light rail has never been given a fair airing as part of this transportation system.”

Many studies have been carried out by experts, including Dr Colin Harris, of Cambridge Connect, said Mr Field-Rayner, that supported light rail as being the best option, particularly with the projected growth of Haverhill’s population in mind and the resulting added pressures to the A1307.

See what Mr Harris had to say to the Echo about it about it HERE

Mr Field-Rayner added: “We need to keep the pressure up to achieve an alternative transport system to the A1307 at the earliest point in time and hopefully thereby reduce the significant loss of life and serious injury experienced so far on that road.”

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