The Anonymous Widower

Route Selected For Cambridge Metro Link Between New A1307 Travel Hub And Biomedical Campus

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on the Haverhill Echo.

This Google Map shows the Fourwentways intersection between the A1307 and A11 roads, where the travel hub will be created.

The travel hub will be South-West of the roundabout, which I know well, as it was only a few miles from where I lived.

It will improve the bus connection between Haverhill and the Biomedical Campus and the City of Cambridge.

It would appear that the Stour Valley Railway, is being recreated by extending the Cambridgeshire Busway.

The closure of the Stour Valley Railway in 1967, was one of the most ill-judged of the Beeching closures, that were solidly backed by the government of Harold Wilson, who believed that everyone should have their own car and that railways wouldn’t be needed. They also believed that all goods should go by truck. Is that what you get, when your Transport Secretary is an ex-lorry driver and a former boss of the lorry-drivers trade union?

We now have a Government backing these two projects.

  • The rebuilding of the Varsity Line between Oxford and Cambridge, which Beeching recommended for retention, but Wilson still closed.
  • The extension of the Cambridgeshire Busway to Haverhill.

As with so many projects around the country, all these totally unjustified cuts are being reversed.

But these railways should never been closed in the first place.


July 9, 2020 - Posted by | Transport | , , , , , ,


  1. The Beeching Report was published under the orders of the Conservative Government. Is this what you get when the Transport Secretary is the former boss of the road construction firm Marples Ridgeway?

    Comment by JohnC | July 9, 2020 | Reply

  2. We had three of the most unsuitable Transport Sercretaries; Marples, Couzens and Castle.

    But it was Harold Wilson, who did the serious and over-enthusiastic pruning of the rail network.

    The biggest crime was to cancel the fourth Cross City route in the North.

    Birmingham, Liverpool and Newcastle, all got important cross-city routes, that have been continuously developed since.

    But British Rail’s plan for a Piccadilly-Victoria tunnel under Manchester was scrapped by Wilson’s government, along with the Channel Tunnel and London’s replacement airport at Maplin.

    Manchester has needed the Picc-Vic tunnel ever since and the Ordsall Chord is just a stopgap, until Northern Powerhouse Rail does the right thing and puts a tunnel under the City.

    Comment by AnonW | July 9, 2020 | Reply

  3. THe Busway from Cambridge to St Ives was a railway once, I rode on it in the eighties. The railway upgrade to passenger was quoted at £8million. The County council was persuaded by EU slush money to put in a guided Busway, which cost around £132million. It has regular accidents with cyclists using it. The Wisbech to March link railway has risen from £2million cost to £200million. It is difficult to know where the money is coming from, as these projects always over run their quotes. Another Pandemic scare will close them all down as people will stop travelling.

    Comment by jagracer | July 9, 2020 | Reply

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