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Time running out to share your views on railway improvement plans

Residents and rail passengers have until May 30 to have their say on proposed improvements to railway stations in Whittlesey and Manea.

Whittlesey train station

A public consultation period on plans to extend the platforms at both stations and provide a footbridge between the two platforms at Whittlesey comes to an end on May 30.

The consultation was launched by Fenland District Council on behalf of the Hereward Community Rail Partnership last month to give people a chance to share their views on the proposals which would enable both stations to accommodate longer trains.

Currently the platforms at Whittlesey and Manea are only long enough to accommodate two carriages, resulting in fewer opportunities for additional train services to stop at the stations and selective door opening on some services that do stop. The proposals would increase the length of the platforms to enable them to accommodate four carriages, boosting passenger numbers.

Once the consultation period has ended and feedback has been analysed, the preferred option for each station will be taken forward by Network Rail, which is project managing the station improvements through a process known as GRIP (Governance for Railway Investment Projects), which has eight stages.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has provided funding to progress the project to the next stage, which will include further assessment work and development of the chosen options. Detailed designs will then be drawn up ready for construction to take place.

A number of drop-in sessions for people to view and discuss the proposals have already taken place at locations and venues across Whittlesey and Manea.

A Council spokesperson said: "We welcomed a lot of people at the consultation events; it has been a very worthwhile exercise. But we still want more people to have their say before the consultation ends and the preferred options are identified."

People can find out more about the options being consulted on, and have their say, via an online survey.

Paper copies of the survey are also available on request via email at: neighbourhoodstrategy@fenland.gov.uk or by telephone on: 01354 622318. The deadline for comments is 5pm on Wednesday, May 30.

Article added: May 18, 2018