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Consultation on railway station improvements

Residents are being asked to have their say on proposed improvements to railway stations in Whittlesey and Manea.

Whittlesey train station

Fenland District Council has launched a public consultation on behalf of the Hereward Community Rail Partnership (HCRP) to give people a chance to share their views on various options to lengthen the platforms at both stations and provide a footbridge between the two platforms at Whittlesey.

The improvements would enable the stations to accommodate longer trains with more carriages, boosting passenger numbers at both stations.

The six-week consultation, which begins on Monday, April 16, and runs until the end of May, includes five drop-in events where residents can discuss the proposals in further detail.

The various options for station improvements have been designed and put forward by Network Rail following a detailed feasibility study, which was carried out on behalf of the Council thanks to funding from the Government's Growth Fund.

As with all rail infrastructure projects, the Whittlesey and Manea station enhancements are being managed by Network Rail through a project management process known as GRIP (Governance for Railway Investment Projects), which has eight stages.

In order to progress the project and move to the next GRIP stage, the public's opinion is now needed to help identify which option to take forward for each station.

The five consultation drop-in events will be held on the following dates:

• Friday, April 20, 6.30am to 8.30am at Whittlesea Railway Station

• Friday, April 20, 9.30am to 12 noon at Whittlesey Market Place

• Saturday, April 21, 9am to 12 noon at Manea Village Hall

• Saturday, April 28, 10am to 12 noon at Whittlesey Town Council offices

• Wednesday, May 3, 3pm to 7pm at Manea Village Hall

Councillor David Oliver, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Transport, said: "Investing and improving the railway stations at Whittlesey and Manea will help meet the demands of the ever-increasing number of passengers travelling by train.

"This public consultation is a very important part of the project and I hope as many residents as possible have their say to help identify which options are taken forward."

* Residents can find out more about the options being consulted on for each station, and have their say, by filling in an online survey at: www.fenland.gov.uk/consultations.

* Paper copies of the survey are also available on request via email at: neighbourhoodstrategy@fenland.gov.uk or by telephone on: 01354 622318.

* The deadline for comments is 5pm on Wednesday, May 30.

Article added: April 4, 2018