Department for Transport
Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road
Tel: 0300 330 3000
Web Site: www.gov.uk/dft
Our Ref: 207454
Mr Rupert Moss-Eccardt
Dear Mr Moss-Eccardt
Thank you for the below correspondence of 18th August, apologies for the
‘’It has been reported in the press that, at the opening of Cambridge North
Station this week, Chris Grayling said "Ely (North) is a priority. It’s one of a
number of projects to be done and it’s really important to unlock growth
potential across the region. There is a clear commitment to doing it"
So can you please tell me what "it" is? In particular what has the SoS in mind
for the level crossings at Queen Adelaide?
It is, of course, acceptable to say that the SoS had no real idea of what the
Your correspondence is being answered outside of the Freedom of
Information Act because you have asked some questions as opposed to
requesting recorded information.
Network Rail are currently undertaking a feasibility study to look at the
changes to infrastructure that would support an increase in passenger and
freight services through the Ely area.
That study has been funded by the Strategic Freight Network (SFN), Greater
Cambridgeshire, Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
and New Anglia LEP. The work will be completed in spring 2019.
As well as doubling the junction at Ely North, the study will also look at the
impact of increased services on level crossings (including the Queen
Adelaide crossings), the track layout at Ely station, bridges and the distance
The issue in Queen Adelaide is unique in that the road is bisected by three
level crossings on three separate lines. Any future scheme would have to
take into account the increasing the number or trains over the crossings will
increase the risk. This means that the current half barrier style crossing would
not be viable in the future. This is further complicated by traffic flow through
the village, which, with increased barrier down time from full barrier crossings
would likely cause issues with traffic congestion. Without finding viable
solution to these issues the rail traffic in the area cannot grow. This would
effect a wide range of services including interregional cross country services,
main freight flows and commuter traffic from Cambridge and London.
Cambridgeshire County Council is currently undertaking traffic study to look
at the flow of traffic through the village. This will then feed into the wider
development work being undertaken on the scheme.
This scheme is only funded through development at present.
I hope you find this response helpful
Network Services London and South East Team