Train station plans on track
Councillors last week welcomed the progress being made to help Soham regain its status as a railway town.
Both East Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council have been working closely with Network Rail and Greater Anglia over the past two years to build the case for re-opening the station at Soham.
They believe the station – a key element of the Soham Masterplan – would support the town’s growing population and help attract new jobs to the area and provide a direct rail link to Ely and Cambridge.
Cllr James Palmer, deputy leader at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “When we heard Network Rail had included a railway station at Soham as part of their new business plan it was the culmination of a huge amount of work by many people.
“This was rightly noted by councillors last week, for this has not been something which has been achieved over night – it has followed years of discussion and persuasion.
“We are still early in this process and there is more work to do, but we are cautiously optimistic.”
Cllr Palmer said the district council would be working with the county council over the next few months to put together a business case for the station.
“Once we have this in placem we can then take another big step forward to reviving Soham as a railway town,” he added.
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