The latest news from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority:
Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough James Palmer has said Government approval for a scheme to allow eight-car trains to operate on the frequently overcrowded route between King’s Lynn and Cambridge will be a welcome boost to rail users.
With proposals for Soham train station set to be presented to the public this month, a series of clear, budgeted next steps to bring the scheme to delivery have been laid out by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority.
Mayor James Palmer met with Rail Minister Andrew Jones MP yesterday to urge support for a bid to allow eight-car trains on the line between Cambridge, Ely and King's Lynn to tackle overcrowding at peak times.
A cross-organisational bus reform group, involving the Peterborough City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, and the Combined Authority will be formed as part of the Combined Authority Strategic Bus Review, it has been announced.
An important milestone has been reached as the 12 key projects that will be the focus of activity throughout 2019/20 at the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority were agreed.
A strategic review into the opportunities to improve the bus network across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has included a recommendation to produce a business case exploring options for radical reform. The Strategic Bus Review report, published today, was commissioned by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and has been welcomed by Mayor James Palmer as an opportunity to inject strategic leadership and a more integrated approach to the bus network across the area. The review has analysed the current network and presents a series of opportunities for improvements.
Plans for a new station in Soham will be on public display at an information event planned for the end of February.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor James Palmer has vowed to do everything he can to support a bid to allow eight-car trains to run between Cambridge, Ely and King’s Lynn, after Network Rail announced progress with plans to reduce overcrowding on the route at peak periods. The Great Northern service connecting King’s Lynn with London, which includes stops at Littleport, Ely, Waterbeach, Cambridge North and Cambridge stations, is hugely popular with commuters, but current infrastructure limits it to a four-car train between Cambridge and King’s Lynn and so is frequently overcrowded at peak times. Recognising the desire among train users, local representatives and Great Northern to increase capacity, Network Rail has been working on a scheme called the King’s Lynn Service Enhancement Project that will allow eight-car trains to operate between Cambridge and King’s Lynn at peak times.