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Campaigning for the restoration of a railway
between the Suffolk market town of Haverhill and the City of Cambridge
including stations at Linton, Granta Park and Babraham.

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"Britain's abandoned stations, tracks and trains"

Published August 1st, 2016 in The Guardian
 
 
"Renewed campaign for a Cambridge to Haverhill rail link"
Published September 17th, 2015 in Haverhill Weekly News.

As the prospect of thousands of new homes in Haverhill gets ever closer, a campaign group is rekindling its fight to bring a railway to the town.

The group, Rail Haverhill, decided to redouble their efforts at a meeting at the town's Arts Centre on Monday.

They are renewing their appeal for group members and petition signatures, and plan to present their case at a Cambridge City Deal assembly meeting,

The backdrop for their decisions was the approval by St Edmundsbury Borough Council's cabinet of the Great Wilsey Park masterplan last Tuesday.

The masterplan proposes a development of around 2,500 homes in the north-east of Haverhill – the biggest expansion of the town since the 1970s.

When the masterplan was brought before the borough council's Sustainable Development Working Party on September 3, councillors raised concerns about the ability of the town's infrastructure to cope with the influx of people. These concerns were echoed at the Rail Haverhill meeting.

Cllr John Burns said on Monday: "We need a strategic transport policy.

"We've got 4,000 houses being built. We need to be able to concern ourselves with how an 8,000 extra people are going to commute in and out."

Heike Sowa, chair of Rail Haverhill, added: "Most people who live in Haverhill go into the area of Cambridge – not necessarily the city itself but definitely the region and the big employment areas like Granta Park."

Rail Haverhill is calling for a commuter train from Haverhill into Cambridge that stops off at key employment areas.

The route would run from West Suffolk through South Cambridgeshire.

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock said afterwards: "Haverhill is a growing town and needs better transport. That means both road and rail. The need to upgrade the A1307 is urgent, and in time I'd like to see a rail link too."

South Cambridgeshire MP Lucy Frazer added: "A number of people have raised the idea of the rail link with me to improve transport in the region. I think it is important to consider all of the options carefully, including this one.

"I will be working with the relevant organisations in the area assessing all options to secure the best deal for the residents."

Haverhill has not had a railway since 1967, when the Cambridge to Sudbury British Rail line was shut.

At Monday's meeting, the group organised a number of events to raise awareness of their campaign.

They will be holding stalls on Haverhill's Market Square on Saturday, November 7 and Friday, December 4.

They are also planning to present their case at a meeting of the assembly of the Greater Cambridge City Deal, which aims to improve employment, housing and transport prospects in Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire.

The City Deal already has £39 million earmarked for the improvement of the "A1307 corridor" between Cambridge and Haverhill.


"Haverhill residents urged to support railway campaign"
Published June 19th, 2015 in Haverhill Weekly News.
Original news article: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/haverhill-residents-urged-support-railway/story-26729987-detail/story.html


Fifteen thousand leaflets urging people to support a campaign for a railway have been posted through doors in Haverhill.

The campaign group, known as Rail Haverhill have created an online petition where local people can voice their support for reintroducing a railway to the town.

Leaflets encouraging residents to sign the petition have been distributed in Haverhill and the surrounding villages over the last month, and more are being printed.

Malcolm Hill, chairman of Rail Haverhill, said: "We have already had over 1,100 signatures, but we need about 4,000 to make it really effective. We are encouraged by the fact that a campaign for the restoration of the railway between Wisbech and March in Cambridge have had over 3,000 responses from a similar campaign."

If they get enough signatures, the petition will be presented to Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex county councils to encourage them to work together on a rail link.

The leaflets have been financed by the East Anglian branch of a national organisation called Railfuture.

Chairman of Railfuture East Anglia Peter Wakefield said: "Haverhill is growing very rapidly, and it will reach 40,000 people within a few years.

"A high quality public transport link to take lots of people very fast into Cambridge would benefit Haverhill, Cambridge and everywhere in between."

Haverhill has not had a railway in nearly half a century, as it closed down in 1967.

Rail Haverhill is holding a public meeting at the Haverhill Arts Centre on Saturday, June 27 for members of the public who want to learn more about the campaign.


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