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Fenland Rail Investment

We've been working in close partnership with Network Rail, who recently announced £400,000 worth of investments to improve services for rail users.

  • Station improvements, MarchStation improvements, March
  • Eastbound platform, MarchEastbound platform, March
  • Station Road signal box, MarchStation Road signal box, March
  • East and West bound servicesEast and West bound services
  • Westbound service, MarchWestbound service, March
  • Cycle facilities, MarchCycle facilities, March
  • Outside March StationOutside March Station
  • Crossing King's Dike, WhittleseyCrossing King's Dike, Whittlesey

A package of improvements will benefit Fenland's three railway stations at March, Whittlesea and Manea. 

The Fenland Rail Development Strategy 2011-2031 includes plans for railway station investment, new railway services and community support. Master plans have been produced for each station, and feasibility study work was completed in 2015 for Manea and Whittlesea Stations. Work is also ongoing to transform March Railway Station. 

The monies have been secured through the Council's leading role in the Hereward Community Rail Partnership (CRP) and shows faith in Fenland's growth ambitions. This is the latest in a series of investments in stations since the inception of the Hereward CRP. The total Rail Development Strategy investment will be around £10million. 

Our three stations offer competitive travel times in comparison to the car to Cambridge and Peterborough, and also to the airports at Stansted and Birmingham. Travel around England and to parts of Wales and Scotland is either direct from the Fenland area or with only one change of train.

In August 2016 the Government announced the winner of the new Anglia Rail Franchise to include new services and new trains. Manea and Whittlesea stations will have a minimum of hourly services. March has a range of services with a frequency of at least every 30 minutes to Cambridge and Peterborough. The opening of the North Cambridge station (May 2017) to serve the Cambridge Science Park will provide a half hour commute to March.

If you want to be part of the new growth in Fenland, please contact Nick Harding, Head of Shared Planning Service, on 07920 160161.