Letters: Help us suggest solutions to the East-West Rail Company

Bedford St John's station

Dear friends, colleagues and elected representatives,

Whilst a direct passenger line to serve Cambridge from the West is needed ‘somehow’, there is a capacity issue of getting intensive freight through the same ‘box’ between Shepreth and the Newmarket Line in a mainly urban area.

Track capacity is needed for intensive passenger use, so why not use the opportunity for new lines between the Soham/Ely Junction Lines across to the East Coast Main Line linking onwards with our suggested route of Tempsford-North Blunham-Willington area – old route into Bedford St John’s?

It makes a lot of sense and could serve new built development and other areas not served by rail currently. We aim to give options and welcome further study and consideration.

We call on all involved to give it a perusal and consideration and remember, given growth, given a Climate Emergency, given a need for modal shift and congestion reduction, we need these rail links and should not be dualling the roads which just deliver volumes to urban interfaces and junctions with nowhere to go and park and ride is no panacea.

Please give us your support and suggest our solutions to the East-West Rail Company and the respective councils and other agencies via consultations and just plain email/letter and to the media as well.

We need action to plan the new route now and creatively keep corridors open from blockages, a mistake which has cost us dear in failure to protect the old formation, brings us to the conundrum we face today. Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Pill
English Regional Transport Association (ERTA)

Letters published reflect the views of the author, not Bedford Independent. If you would like to write a letter to respond to any issues raised, please email: letters@bedfordindependent.co.uk

Now more than ever, we need your help to fund the Bedford Independent’s quality journalism that serves our community...

We choose to champion editorial independence, meaning we report the facts without bias and can stand up to those in power when we believe it’s needed.

We can give a voice to people in our community whose voices may otherwise not be heard. And we don’t have a paywall, so everyone can read the stories we publish for free.

But in this time of crisis, many news organisations all over the world are facing existential threat, with advertising revenues plummeting. We’re no different.

We work hard every day to bring you news, commentary, entertainment and announcements from across Bedford. We hope that, with your help, we’ll be able to continue this for many years to come.

Will you help sustain our work today by clicking below ? Even a small donation makes a difference for our future.

Thank you for your support.