King’s Lynn to Ely services, Cambridge South station and moving Waterbeach station all discussed at Fen Line Users Association meeting

The Fen Line Users Association (FLUA) held its AGM on November 18. Photo: Ben Walsh

The Fen Line Users Association (FLUA) held its AGM on November 18. Photo: Ben Walsh - Credit: Archant

Works on the King’s Lynn to Ely line, Cambridge South station and a potential relocation of Waterbeach station was all on the agenda at the Fen Line Users Association’s annual general meeting last month.

FLUA chairman Colin Sampson reviewed the events of 2017 before guest speaker, Lisa Barrett of Network Rail, confirmed that work on the Fen Line is being done as soon as possible.

She also confirmed that the line, which runs between King’s Lynn and Ely, will be closed for five days between Monday February 12 and Friday February 16.

The potential of extra freight capacity at Ely rail station was also discussed, including more Felixstowe to Midlands, Ipswich to Peterborough and Norwich to Cambridge services.

“You are still going to get your half-hourly King’s Lynn trains, but the LEP’s and council’s feasibility study has yet to determine exactly what needs to be done with signals and interlocking, overhead wires and track,” Mrs Barrett said.

“It does still need doubling of the junction so you can get your half-hourly service, and it will bring many benefits for the Anglia Region.”

Mrs Barrett also said that a new, four-platform station near Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, is a “really popular idea with a lot of support behind it,” and that Waterbeach station, currently on Clayhithe Street, could be relocated to firmer ground one mile north as part of the Waterbeach new town plans.

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