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  RAIL NEWS SNIPPETS   Issue 174 - 29 May 2008  
  News from the East Anglian Branch of Railfuture   Edited by Martin Thorne and Jerry Alderson  

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Decision not to redevelop land for housing in north Cambridge near to proposed station

A study on the viability of building 1,900 new homes on 'Cambridge northern fringe east', which includes the Anglian Water treatment works, Network Rail's Chesterton sidings and Cowley Road industrial estate, has recommended against the development. This means a new 130 million sewage works will not be built. The proposed Chesterton Interchange station, with a guided bus connection, will still go ahead, subject to funding.


Quality of Cambridgeshire Guided busway construction called into question as 'cracks' are found

The Cambridge Evening News recently ran a story about 'cracks' in the brand new guided busway, which has only been used by a handful of test buses. However, Cambridgeshire County Council claim that this 'irritation' was merely minor damage caused by the masive machine that lays the pre-cast concrete beams. It denied that the buses had caused the problems, and therefore the busway was not vulnerable to cracking. The council say that the damage will be repaired by contractor Nuttall.


First ever Multiple Purpose Vehicle visits Mid-Norfolk Railway

The investment by the Mid-Norfolk Railway a couple of years ago to create a maintenance pit has resulted in the raiwlay welcoming its first Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV). Operated by Direct Rail Services and JSD Rail Services on behalf of Network Rail, the vehicle which is used for weedkilling duties around the Anglia region, will be maintained at Dereham.




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