Pressure Groups meet to push for northern route
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has announced that East-West rail route will pass through Cambourne station.
On 4 February Peter Deer attended a zoom meeting arranged by Anthony Browne, MP involving the chairmen of a number of other parish councils and representatives from the pressure groups CamBedRailRoad and Cambridge Approaches. Both of these groups promote a route for the rail line after it leaves Cambourne which would go via Northstowe into Cambridge North station, rather than the option preferred by the EWR Company which would see the line go in a south easterly direction after Cambourne and then on to south Cambridge.
Although the fine detail of the route alignment and the location of Cambourne station have yet to be determined, Cambourne Town Council and these two groups favour both the rail line and Cambourne station being sited north of the A428.
This would have implications for Elsworth, as mentioned previously in posts on the Elsworth friends facebook page by Peter and David Pope, and possibly also for other villages such as Dry Drayton, Madingley and Oakington. At the meeting the question Peter posed about what consideration had been given to mitigating the adverse, environmental impact of the station and associated development that villages such as Elsworth would suffer remained unanswered.
The Parish Council would encourage all interested parties to engage with East West Rail, our MP Anthony Browne and local district councillors.