Station building is still standing
I am writing it response to the letter from Mr Wheeler (Postbag, July 6) regarding the changes at Linton s former railway station. The station building itself is the original building and has never been rebuilt. The more recent building which has been bui
I am writing it response to the letter from Mr Wheeler (Postbag, July 6) regarding the changes at Linton's former railway station.
The station building itself is the original building and has never been rebuilt. The more recent building which has been built across the former track was constructed in the early nineties and was the former WPA Ltd building.
This building would certainly provide a substantial barrier for reinstatement of the much needed rail link from Cambridge to Haverhill, however, I'm sure a large mechanical digger could soon clear the way.
Much more importantly, and far more of an obstacle for reconstruction of the line, would be the two deep railway cuttings (one east of Long Lane, Linton and the other to the north of Shudy Camps), both of which have been filled with vast quantities of refuse in the early seventies, indeed the cutting at Linton, as well as containing thousands of tons of rubbish, is also home to a vast three arch brick built railway bridge which crossed the line. All of this is now buried below a shallow layer of topsoil.
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Of course, the railway should never have been closed in the first place, but let's not forget the Government that took the railway away in the late sixties was the very same Government that approved the growth of Haverhill as a London overspill town.
Haverhill is still growing at a colossal rate and the majority of people relocating there work away from the town, the A1307 to Cambridge is hard evidence, thousands of cars travel this route twice a day, usually with only one person - it's madness and the situation is more than desperate. More to the point, the whole problem is only going to get worse.
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There are many pro-railway reinstatement groups and the idea certainly isn't rocket science, however, the powers that be obviously do see it as such, but then I guess they don't have to sit in the twice daily two mile traffic tailbacks at Linton.
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