Plans to improve Whittlesey and Manea railway stations have taken a major step forward.
Various options to lengthen the platforms at both places and provide a footbridge between the two platforms at Whittlesey were put forward in a study earlier this year.
Now a preferred option for each has been chosen and they are:
Manea – Option 1: Both platforms will be extended at the northern end (towards the March/Peterborough direction). A new pedestrian access ramp with improved gradient will be provided at the southern end of each platform (closest to Station Road and the level crossing). This option has the advantage of maintaining the existing station layout and only extending one end of the platforms, thus requiring fewer work sites during construction.
Whittlesey – Option 1: Platform 1 (for trains to Peterborough) will be extended eastward (towards March/Ely) and Platform 2 (for trains to March/Ely) will be extended westward (towards Peterborough). A new pedestrian access ramp will be provided for each platform. A new footbridge will be provided to allow pedestrian access between platforms. The new footbridge will include stairs and an access ramp. This option does not significantly change the existing station layout.
For more information on the chosen options visit the station enhancement web page at: www.fenland.gov.uk/maneaandwhittleseastation.
The webpage also contains a link to Network Rail’s option selection report, and the results of the public consultation, which took place in April and May.
There is also a link to the very first Manea and Whittlesey Platform Extension Feasibility Study, conducted by ARUP in 2015.