The Ely area capacity enhancement (EACE) programme proposes to upgrade the railway to allow more trains to run through Ely, including doubling the number of trains from London-King's Lynn.
Currently the railway through Ely is operating at full capacity. This means that Network Rail cannot increase the number of services through Ely because the existing layout of the tracks, junctions, signals and existing speed restrictions across key bridges in the Ely area acts as a bottleneck on the network.
The aim of the EACE programme is to improve connectivity for passengers and increase capacity for rail freight. This will support a shift from road to rail thereby providing a faster, greener, safer and more efficient way of transporting goods across the country; helping to remove lorries from roads and reduce congestion.
Earlier this year, Network Rail consulted on the options for upgrading the railway in the Ely South area, the results of which will be presented in 2022. In this round of public consultation, they ask customers about:
- The options for remodelling the track at Ely North junction, Queen Adelaide level crossings options; options for upgrading or closing other level crossings across the wider Ely area
- How you can comment on the proposals and options
- The next steps
Network Rail want your feedback to help them select the preferred options to take forward. You can submit your feedback by taking the online survey here.