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North East Cambridgeshire candidates back new rail link

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All three main party candidates back a new rail link from Wisbech

The candidates for the North East Cambridgeshire seat have called for improved rail links to the area.

Transport is a major issue in the area, with concerns over heavy traffic and the number of accidents occurring on the constituency's roads.

Last year, the Association of Train Operating Companies suggested a new Wisbech to Peterborough rail link be established, with services passing through March.

Conservative candidate Steve Barclay has backed local road safety campaigns and believes improved transport links are very important for the area.

'Key issue'

As well as calling for more trains to stop at Whittlesea and Manea, he said he supported the idea of re-establishing rail links from Wisbech railway station.

"Wisbech station is the key issue for the constituency. It would help in terms of business... and it would help in terms of regeneration of the community," Mr Barclay said.

Labour candidate Peter Roberts said road safety was a real issue and that the area had "no significant transport links in terms of rail or bus routes".

He supports the idea of a new rail service connecting Wisbech and March, saying it would help people find and travel to work.

Mr Roberts also suggested a new rail link would boost tourism to Wisbech and the surrounding area.

'Great benefit'

Liberal Democrat candidate Lorna Spenceley agreed that road safety and maintenance was an issue in the constituency.

She also suggested that improved rail links to the area would be good for the constituency.

"Only two of four market towns in Fenland are connected to the rail network. It would be great benefit to connect Wisbech to the rail network," she said.

Conservative Malcolm Moss, who had been the MP for North East Cambridgeshire since 1987, stood down at this election.

Voters go to the polls on 6 May.

The candidates standing in North East Cambridgeshire are:

Conservative: Steve Barclay; BNP: Susan Clapp; Independent: Debra Jordan; English Democrats: Graham Murphy; Labour: Peter Roberts; Liberal Democrat: Lorna Spenceley; United Kingdom Independence Party: Robin Talbot

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