How would extra trains impact level crossing in the Ely area - have your say

Queen Adelaide crossing

Queen Adelaide crossing - Credit: Archant

Bottleneck railway crossings and how to fix the problem if more train services are routed through Ely will go under the spotlight at a public event coming to the city.

An engagement event is being held to understand more about the way residents and businesses use the roads in and around Queen Adelaide.

Cambridgeshire County Council and Network Rail want to understand more about how the traffic flows through the village and get people’s views on the impact the three level crossings have on those in the area.

The event is on Thursday September 14 from 6pm – 8pm at Queen Adelaide Village Hall.

A spokesman for the county council said there was a : “Wider aspiration to see an increase in train services to improve connectivity through the county and beyond.

“To increase the number of services they need to look at the impact more trains would have on the level crossings.”

Cllr Ian Bates, chairman of the County Council’s Economy and Environment committee, said: “Working with Network Rail, we want to keep people safe and moving.

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“We want to have a conversation with local residents and businesses about the impact this will have on them and understand how people use the area.

“At this early stage we want to gain the widest understanding of how people travel in the area and their feedback will help inform future transport solutions in the Queen Adelaide area.”

Meliha Duymaz, interim route managing director for the Anglia route from Network Rail said: “The Ely area is a major bottleneck for the rail network and for future growth.

“Any future increase in the number of freight and passenger trains would mean that there would be a knock on effect for the level crossings in terms of safety and traffic build up.

“We want to work closely with residents of Queen Adelaide to understand how it effects their daily lives today and how it impact them in the future.

“Understanding the area will help us to develop a pragmatic solution for both road and rail.”

Representatives from Cambridgeshire County Council and Network Rail will be on hand and Lucy Frazer, MP for South East Cambridgeshire and local councillors will also be present.

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• For anyone not able to attend you can send feedback via email or a comment card posted ahead of the event.