East West Rail Update and Petition
It’s good to see so many “No EWR Rail Here” signs going up around the village, on the road sides and in people’s front windows. Our MP Anthony Browne picked up on it in a facebook post here. It is also good to see the opposition to Option E growing fast in neighbouring villages.
Recent discussions with local district councillors imply that EWR Co’s next consultation “early in 2021” will include options very close to The Eversdens, Harlton, Haslingfield and Harston, even if the Cambourne station is to the north rather than the south. This position is supported by survey activity here reported by the public. Even if your home is not close to the edge of the village consider the effect on access roads. Here is an image of what the crossing of the A10 might look like, it would be a similar picture for other roads (if access is restored at all).
EWR Co. have confirmed the line will be freight capable and the EWR Consortium are on record as saying that the EWR represents a huge freight opportunity – see section 2.2 of this document. Here are some freight trains in the fens. The video and especially audio gives a feeling for what they are like. Contrast this with our recent baseline noise survey in a back garden in Harlton where, over a 24 hour period the loudest noise was birdsong.
Things are not looking good.
If you have not done so already please consider signing this petition it was started by CBRR just before the last consultation, but it is still the right question. It already has more signatures than the number of consultation responses that supported option E in the first place. Let’s push it much higher.
By signing this petition we are not dumping the problem on others north of Cambridge, we are asking government to look at more joined up solutions for everyone. The widely supported CBRR proposal is a great start.
If you have written to local politicians about EWR, please consider writing again.
Finally Cara from Bourn has drawn attention to this article on the nature of the consultation process we have in this country. Consider also that if you divide the estimated total cost of option E (£5.6Bn) by the current population between Bedford and Cambridge in today’s money it works out around £9,000 per household.
We have a right to be properly heard.