Haverhill railway proposals receive new help

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A group that for 20 years for championed the reinstatement of the train line from Haverhill to Cambridge is receiving support for its latest proposals from a leading campaigner for improved UK rail links.

The Rail Haverhill & Cambridge to Colchester Rail Project is being helped by Railfuture to promote its latest concept statement identifying the potential route between Cambridge and Haverhill.

At its most recent meeting the group was presented with the proposal for the route as drawn up by one of its members, Alan Alexander.

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

It was suggested a completely new dual electrified track be laid that is capable of running 90mph trains.

A new publicity leaflet is soon to be drawn up, as the project’s chairman, Rev Malcolm Hill, explained: “We have got to agree exactly how we should present it and then talk to Railfuture and edit it, or amend whatever is required.

“We have been discouraged many times. Local authorities blow hot and cold, usually cold, but our members are very keen to continue because we’ve seen it happen in other places.

“Our argument is that you have other parts of Great Britain where the funding has come.

“They’ve reopened a line from Galashiels to Edinburgh, about the same distance as from Sudbury to Cambridge, which cost just about £300m, that’s £10 million a mile.”

The concept statement will form the basis of a presentation to the public on a date to be decided after advice from Railfuture.

The next meeting of the project group is at Haverhill Arts Centre at 11am on March 21.

All are welcome to attend.