Since our last progress update the working group has had two further well attended meetings of the Cambridge Approaches Oversight Group with local parish councils from Toft to the Shelfords. These were to discuss the relative merits of the representative alternative route options presented here. The approach has been to develop an objective assessment of the impact on the different villages and to understand particular issues from each parish. The meeting on the 3rd September was a presentation by David Revell of the different routes. The meeting on the 10th September focussed largely on alternative route 1/1a and the issues as it passes south of Barton and close to the Trumpington Park and Ride area. The 10th September meeting was attended by a BBC journalist.
The meetings continue weekly.
The CA working group met with Bridget Smith the leader of the South Cambridgeshire District Council on the 9th September. She encouraged us to continue and explained various related activities related to the Oxford – Cambridge Arc. She confirmed that EWR will be a freight route from the Felixstowe to The Midlands. (Note that Felixstowe currently handles 48% of UK container traffic.). It emerged that Anthony Browne has come out publicly supporting an EWR station to the north of Cambourne. If this happens, it will have a profound impact on the route options through the option E area. We are actively researching this.
We have sent a second FOI request to EWR focussed entirely on getting the cost benefit analysis that underpinned the Option E decision. We have still not received answers to several outstanding questions, but EWR are saying that they are working on them.
What Can I Do?
If you are interested / concerned about the impact of the new railway as it approaches Cambridge here are some things you can do.
- Tell your local friends and neighbours about it
- Contact your parish, district and county councillors and express your views. Given the above process, now is a good time.
- Write to your MP – Anthony Browne and do the same
- Comment on this website so others can see your view or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we will try to respond quickly.
- ask questions directly to EWR on email@example.com. So far we have seen a 3 month delay in getting answers.
- subscribe to updates to this site so that we can see the level of interest.
- Two questions 1) would you be interested in a facebook discussion group? 2) would you be interested in a public webinar to explain the alternative routes in more detail?