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Railway station surveys get underway

Work to improve the railway stations at Manea and Whittlesey will steam ahead this weekend as contractors begin to undertake survey work.

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Engineers will be surveying both stations and surrounding land as part of an ambitious project to lengthen the platforms at both stations and provide a footbridge between the two platforms at Whittlesey. The improvements will enable trains to have more carriages, boosting passenger numbers at both stations.

The contractor completing the surveys is Keltbray and they will on site at the stations as follows:

  • Manea Station - Sunday 25th and Monday 26th June for track surveys and Thursday 29th June for the topographical survey

  • Whittlesea Station - Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June for track surveys and Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28th June for the topographical survey

The work will not impact on train travel, with all services running as normal when they surveys are carried out.

The survey work forms part of a detailed feasibility study which was made possible after Fenland District Council was awarded £359,000 on behalf of the Hereward Community Rail Partnership (HCRP) last year.

The funding came from the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to help the HCRP progress the project to the next level, after an initial study in 2015 showed it was viable.

It is hoped the feasibility study work will be complete by December this year, when options for the various improvements will be brought forward.

Councillor Simon King, the HCRP's chairman, said: " The commissioning and completion of these surveys is an important milestone in this project. Detailed plans and measurements of each station will facilitate ongoing option design work. The CRP is expecting to share all the information from this study including the options for each scheme in early 2018".

Mark Reeve, chairman of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, added: "Enabling the delivery of infrastructure improvements has been an important part of the LEP's work to date. We are pleased to see the start of this survey work, which has been funded by our Growth Deal, and hope that it unlocks further funding to allow improvement works to get underway as soon as possible."

The project is being delivered by Network Rail who will manage it through a procurement process known as GRIP (Governance for Railway Investment Projects), which has eight stages. The LEP funding has enabled FDC and HCRP to work with Network Rail on the first three GRIP studies, and it is hoped additional funding will be secured for the next stages.

Article added: June 21, 2017