Five railway lines converge on Ely from Cambridge, Newmarket, Norwich, King’s Lynn, and Peterborough. The lines to King’s Lynn and Norwich split from the Ely-Peterborough line at Ely North Junction.
Why is it important?
- Ely is a growing market town, and it is served by an extremely busy railway station
- Due to the junction layout, trains can be delayed, and it is not possible to add more regular services to other areas beyond Ely
- Currently many passenger trains are crowded, while freight is limited by the number of trains that can pass through
- Limited public transport will also limit growth and home and job opportunities around Ely
What difference will it make?
Improving rail capacity around Ely aims to:
- Increase public transport use into and out of Ely
- Increase growth opportunities around Ely
- Allow for more freight to travel by rail into the wider region, instead of by road
- Allow for more passenger trains through to the wider region
What happens next?
Network Rail are working on the Business Case currently, and expect to move forward to the next stage in 2021.
When do I have a say?
Network Rail completed the first round of consultation in 2020.
They expect to have another round of consultations in 2021, so watch this space.
Where can I learn more?
When Network Rail publish the Business Case, we will publish this here.
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