Monday, 5 August 2019

English Regional Transport Association (ERTA) believes the East-West Rail is paramount and needs a fundamental rethink to get it right for Cambridge and further afield.


6 August 2019
Press Release

English Regional Transport Association (ERTA) believes the East-West Rail is paramount and needs a fundamental rethink to get it right for Cambridge and further afield.

The English Regional Transport Association (ERTA) support the principle and notion of a fully restored direct rail link between Oxford-Bedford-Cambridge for improving east-west travel options.
However, we believe that the original route was the best and should never have been closed and that the intermittent 50 years of abandonment has been too long for this glaring gap to go unaddressed in physical infrastructure terms. Moreover, whilst blockages exist on the old route (Bedford-Sandy-Cambridge) any new route will have its own issues and cost more to negotiate with and so a trade off back to the old route should be tabled and considered alongside any new options. In summary:
1. The old route enables segregation allowing more trains off existing lines to plough east and west respectively.
2. The old route must have deviations where considerable blockages exist such as around Potton and Gamlingay but the access at Trumpington also needs careful consideration.
3. If the new route links in at Shepreth for example, it overloads Shepreth Junction where the Bishops Stortford and Royston lines converge into Cambridge. This could cause delays to existing services and/or restrict what frequency east-west could offer.
4. The railway must be rebuilt to cater for more passengers and freight to go by rail. Merely providing choice is not enough, there must be encouragement and incentive for modal shift to unlock gridlock congestion across the regions.

The ERTA will continue to make these points known to elected representatives at all tiers and locations and expects tough decision pro-affirma to be made for the greater good of humanity and the environment.

End of Press Release

Further comment: Mr Richard Pill, Media Spokesperson 01234 330090/ richard.erta@gmail.com

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