Haslingfield Comments on Alternative East West Rail Route Alignments
The Cambridge Approaches Oversight Group includes a collection of local parish councils discussing route alignments in the area for the new East West Railway. Although EWR have not yet proposed detailed route alignments the Cambridge Approaches Working Group has produced some representative options and they are set out here.
All options will have some impact on Haslingfield residents, however option 2 passes just to the north of the village on flat ground while options 3, 4 and 5 pass south of the village either in a tunnel or more likely in a cutting which could pass quite close to the south of Haslingfield.
In addition to the passenger service we expect 24-hour freight operation on the link to Felixstowe – the UK’s busiest container port.
Some impacts to consider in your comments include noise, vibration, visual impact, air pollution from diesel locomotives and impact on wildlife / ecology. While road access should be maintained, footpaths and bridleways may not. Some of the routes pass between Haslingfield and Harlton.
You might also consider the utility to Haslingfield residents of access to stations at Cambourne and Cambridge South for travel to Oxford by train. There will not be any intermediate stations.
Please email any comments you have to Councillor David Revell (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday 28th September 2020.