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Fenland Rail Regeneration

Fenland District Council area contains three railway stations, at Manea, March and Whittlesea that are in need of significant updating.

Why is it important?

  • The three Fenland stations at March, Manea and Whittlesea are out of date
  • March and Manea serve a large area including the towns of Chatteris and Wisbech, which don’t have stations and don’t have facilities for the traffic
  • New houses and jobs opportunities are planned for the area, which will increase strain on the existing station facilities

How will it make a difference?

Improving the Fenland rail stations aims to:

  • encourage people to use the train rather than making longer car journeys
  • encourage people to visit Fenland towns using public transport
  • improve wellbeing and accessibility for station users
  • encourage economic, housing and jobs growth by improving the quality of railway travel in the Fens
  • In Phase 2, to increase the number of services and extend the hours of services to the Fenland stations

What happens next?

We are working on the Full Business Case for the Manea and March station facilities, which include improvement of car parks, inclusive and accessible waiting spaces and other facilities.

Some of these improvements are already in progress, forming ‘Quick Wins’, like the improvement of platform shelters.

When do I have a say?

Fenland District Council have run a number of consultations on the different parts of the scheme, which we have promoted; most recently on March Station platform improvements.

We will update this space with the dates of upcoming consultations.

Where can I learn more?

The Outline Business Case is the technical document that lays out the current thinking and plans for the project.

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