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Cambridge Town Crier November 14 2003
Support for rail return
CALLS for the return of a rail service between Cambridge
and St Ives have been given support at two public meetings.
CAST. IRON, the Cambridge and St Ives Railway Organisation,
has proposed a rail alternative to Cambridgeshire County
Council's guided bus scheme. The plan would reopen the
existing railway line linking Cambridge with St Ives, with a
view to extend services to Huntingdon.
The audience at public meetings on November 4 and 11 were
asked if they would support the idea in principle if it was
cheaper than the guided bus. Fifty seven of the 58 people
said yes at the first meeting and 76 of 78 people voted in
favour at the second. Chairman of CAST.IRON, Tim Phillips, said:
"I believe that the result will be the same at all the public
meetings. There is no doubt in my mind that the vast majority of
the people want rail when they are given the choice."
But Coun Shona Johnstone, cabinet member for transport, said:
"They are not asking a fair question. We were accused of
running a flawed consultation scheme because we consulted
only on tile guided bus but that same argument could be used
Public meetings will be held at Swavesey Village College,
Gibralter Lane, on Wednesday, November 19, at 7.3Opm, and
in Impington at the Holiday Inn, Cambridge Road,
on December 2, starting at 7.3Opm.
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