The Anonymous Widower

March Station – 4th August 2021

March station is to be rebuilt. So I went yesterday and took these pictures.

Note that the last two pictures show the triangular junction, that leads to Whitemoor Yard and Wisbech

From what I saw, when it is finished it will be a delightful station.

Does March Station Need More Services?

It appears to me, that at present the station gets around two trains per hour (tph)

These trains run through the station.

  • Greater Anglia – Ipswich and Peterborough – two-hourly – Will go hourly in the future
  • CrossCountry – Birmingham and Cambridge/Stansted Airport – hourly
  • East Midlands Railway – Norwich and Liverpool Lime Street – hourly, stops occasionally

The service certainly needs improvement.

I would do the following as soon as possible.

  • Introduce the promised hourly Greater Anglia service.
  • Arrange that all East Midland Railway services stopped at March station.
  • Introduce the Cambridge and Wisbech service, when the work at Ely is complete.

This would mean that March had the following local services.

  • Cambridge – 2 tph
  • Ely – 4 tph
  • Ipswich – 1 tph
  • Peterborough – 3 tph
  • Wisbech – 1 tph

Other services would be available with a change at Ely.

 

 

 

 

August 5, 2021 - Posted by | Transport | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. In what way is March station to be rebuilt? The canopies look to be in good condition and it would be a shame to remove any if them.

    If rebuild includes lifts etc then hopefully these will be in a matching architectural style – after all the standard Network Rail lift seems to be a metal fram (scaffolding?) wrapped in a cladding si hopefully the cladding could match the canopies.

    Comment by chilterntrev | August 5, 2021 | Reply

    • I spoke to one of the builders and he said that the building will be opened out to give space and a retail unit. There’s certainly a lot of space and enough for a cafe.

      Rail Advent talks about new disabled facilities.

      As to lifts, I think that they could be built to the current bridge, which appears to be in surprisingly good condition with good quality handrails.

      On the other hand, they might do what they’ve done at Thurston, which is to put in a light controlled crossing.

      It looks to me though, that they are doing the project in two phases and the step-free access is phase 2. In a way, it’s not so important as some stations, as the station has access on both sides.

      Comment by AnonW | August 5, 2021 | Reply


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