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    Ely North Junction upgrade proposals

    Indeed. And it would no doubt have to be built to trunk road standards, despite the standard of the roads it's connecting, because we don't seem to build 'b' roads any more.
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    Ely North Junction upgrade proposals

    Well I don't think it likely to become the solution, but it's worth remembering the cost of that when compared to solutions such as a northern bypass road which was priced at around £100m. Increasing capacity through Ely isn't the major problem - sort out the single leads, get rid of the double...
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    Ely North Junction upgrade proposals

    The cheapest option by far would probably be to buy all the houses in Queen Adelaide and close the road. Not very popular though I'd imagine.
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    Proposals for "Northern arc": linking north Oxfordshire (Banbury) with Northampton and Peterborough

    Have a gold star! I've never been to Banbury in my life :-) And yes, I would have driven it. Trains are fine if you're not carrying loads of stuff - living in Ely now I prefer the train for trips to Bury St Edmunds or Norwich, but only if it's just a day out and we fancy a pub lunch (well...
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    Proposals for "Northern arc": linking north Oxfordshire (Banbury) with Northampton and Peterborough

    I lived close to Wellingborough for a number of years, and hardly ever went to Northampton, and only then because they had a big B&Q (this was before Wellingborough got its own branch). Shopping etc was always to Milton Keynes - far more choice, less congestion and much easier to park.
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    Benefit of 2 platforms over single

    That got me thinking - is it really better, since it does mean the station now needs two platforms? Having the passing places elsewhere means single platforms would be fine (and so cheaper)!
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    Wisbech-March line reopening cost increase to £200m

    There must be some staff / signal issues because Lynn trains that should probably split at Ely divide at Cambridge instead, and follow each other up the line. The same happens in reverse, joining at Cambridge instead of Ely.
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    Wisbech-March line reopening cost increase to £200m

    That and all the gold plated rules around level crossings, which means no extra services until they get replaced too. Ely could probably also do with some re-configuring south of the station to allow moves between platform 3 and the Soham line without touching the up main (for another thread).
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    Wisbech-March line reopening cost increase to £200m

    I said nothing of the sort. I merely stated that buses tend to be cramped, slow and uncomfortable - nothing about who was using them. If you want people to use public transport instead of cars, you need to improve the offer. One way is by reintroducing the train service. But if you're going...
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    Wisbech-March line reopening cost increase to £200m

    Because if it stops at the A47, the station will be too far from the town centre and no-one will use it.
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    Wisbech-March line reopening cost increase to £200m

    Does Wisbech-March even make most sense? The fact that some (unusable) track is already there, seems to have made that the only option. But there used to be another route from Wisbech that joined the Ely-Kings Lynn line at Watlington. Maybe it would be cheaper to reinstate that (with fewer...
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    Wisbech-March line reopening cost increase to £200m

    But that ignores the fact that people generally don't like bus travel. Buses are usually cramped, slow and uncomfortable. The train option also offers a through service to Ely and Cambridge. Improve the frequency and operating hours of your bus service all you like - most people will continue...
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    Railways to use white diesel?

    What happens in other countries? Do their farmers get cheaper fuel, or is this just a typically British muddle?
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    Ely North Junction upgrade proposals

    Presumably they are now including the cost of a bypass with bridges for Queen Adelaide, which was estimated at over £100m (despite the similar length new Ely bypass coming in at 'only' £43m even after paying to deal with the poor ground conditions). The Norwich line already has an underpass...
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    RIA letter on Electrification

    We managed over 100 years with locomotives towing an extra vehicle to carry their fuel (tenders), so it would hardly be unprecedented.
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    Greater Anglia New Passenger Information Screens

    It looked like some Norwich-Stansted trains were being turned at Cambridge yesterday due to blockages on the line, so the Stansted service may well have been in platform 6, but just not going there any more! Still shows that these screens aren't fit for purpose though.
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    Liverpool Norwich service to be split at Nottingham

    My 82 year old mother in law with her bad knee certainly wouldn't want to go via London - she says even a change in Nottingham will put her off making the journey any more. And then of course there's the price - £75 via London vs £25 direct (Warrington-Ely) Not everyone has good health and...
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    Abellio Greater Anglia Class 755s (Regional Trains)

    Apart from the failure reported yesterday afternoon, there was also another Ipswich-Peterborough delayed around 25mins near Kennett yesterday lunchtime. It was explained as signalling issues, but since we know how true that usually is, I wonder if that was yet another similar failure. Seems...
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    East-West Rail: Progress and updates

    I wondered whether the fact that EW Rail would need to cross the A10 nearby might provide an opportunity to sort out Foxton at the same time, but it looks like that would mean moving the station and in the wrong direction (i.e. even further from the bulk of the housing).
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    East-West Rail: Progress and updates

    While looking for that in the prospectus, I spotted another requirement - grade separation of Ely North junction. That could be a whole thread on it's own! Seems to be a bit of pie in the sky with this document. For starters I don't see how you could fit all the freight in with the...

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