Village may get rail boost
A FENLAND village could be in line for an improved rail service when new winter timetables come into operation despite one rail operator giving it the cold shoulder. While MP Malcolm Moss says he is disappointed at the far-from-positive feedback from the
A FENLAND village could be in line for an improved rail service when new winter timetables come into operation despite one rail operator giving it the cold shoulder.
While MP Malcolm Moss says he is disappointed at the far-from-positive feedback from the rail companies, a rail action group says there is hope more trains will be stopping in Manea.
Fenland District councillor Mark Archer says One Railway is looking at possible options and the village action group is being supported by the Department of Transport and Cambridgeshire County Council.
But the group has been angered by the response from Central Trains, saying it believes there is no business case for more trains stopping at Manea.
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Cllr Archer said: "We have made a good business case after conducting a survey in the village to which we had a big response.
"It is disappointing Central Trains are not interested but One Railway is the company which concentrates on services in rural areas.
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"We are hopeful that improvements will have been made when the new winter timetable comes out, it is looking positive at the moment.
Central Trains says it concentrates mainly on express services but its franchise ends in November and the services will be divided up between other companies.
One Railway says there are practical complications to look at before more trains can stop at Manea.
Because Ely and Peterborough are such busy junctions, slots for services are tight and a just a few minutes difference in train times can cause knock-on delays.
Mr Moss, MP for North-East Cambridgeshire, said: "This is very disappointing news as reports of previous approaches had led us to anticipate as more positive response.
"It seems ironic that as one of the few settlements in North-East Cambs with access to a main line, Manea is still unable to access an adequate and regular service for its residents.