East West Rail starts consultation for route options near Comberton

East West Rail have released their consultation on the Bedford to Cambridge section.

Although their document has a number of options only two cover the route from Cambourne to Cambridge. A separate re-appraisal of a potential route into Cambridge from the North (a preference of the Parish Council) is given several pages in their detailed route analysis document available on-line.

Their now-preferred route is via a Cambourne North station going parallel to the A428 and crossing over near Highfields Caldecote and then as an embanked line down between Toft and Comberton (near the layby) past Little Eversden, to the south west of the Royston Lane A603 It goes over A603 with a viaduct before heading to the south of Haslingfield, cutting through Chapel Hill to join the Kings Cross line near Harston.

A subset of the detailed consultation pdfs from EWR  are here 
concentrating on the Comberton related elements.

You should get your formal consultation booklet in the post from EWR within the first two weeks of April.

It is hoped that the Parish Council will hold a consultation in May to allow you to voice comments prior to submitting your response.

EWR route 9 near Comberton

CPC pledges £10k support to Cambridge Approaches Group re EWR

 

Comberton Parish Council and the proposed EWR rail option

 
Your Parish Council is very concerned as to the effect the proposed East West Rail plans will have on our village.
 
The proposed route of the freight rail line takes it past our village just on the Toft side of the Village College. It could have up to 100 freight train movements a night as well as commuter trains during the day, with no benefit to our village. We just get the downsides of all of the environmental damage and noise and diesel pollution.
 
Comberton PC has pledged £10,000 to support Cambridge Approaches legal action to challenge EWR on this route in favour of consideration of a northern approach. (The Parish Council believes the best route would be a northern approach to support the new town of Northstowe and link in with Cambridge North.)
 
However, it was pledged on condition that we had demonstrated support from the village. Other villages in the area have already pledged their support with donations totalling £60,000. With our donation Cambridge Approaches will have met their target of fund raising, to take the necessary legal action against EWR in order to protect our village and surrounding villages from this devastating plan.
 
As such CPC need your support in this endeavour. Please consider sending our Clerk an e-mail of support for our proposed donation. Of course if you disagree, you can likewise send an e-mail to that effect as well. The Clerk’s e-mail address is: [at]
 

Background

Comberton Parish Council agreed at its December 2020 meeting to set up its own working group and to join forces with Eversden’s EWR working group.

The Group’s campaign is founded on six key assumptions:

  1. The threat to our local environment, communities and infrastructure, posed by the East West Rail
    project, is real and severe.
  2. East West Railway Company’s current choice of route option E is not acceptable.
  3. We must lobby for a full and fair evaluation of a better way: a northern approach into Cambridge.
  4. We must act now before it is too late.
  5. We must work with other communities to achieve a strong, united voice.
  6. We can each do something to help.

If you have any questions about our campaign please read the Campaign news and information click here.