Currently operating at full capacity, the railway through Ely is a vital part of the rail network that includes a busy junction where five railway lines converge, providing important routes to key destinations for passenger and freight services.

Railway line through Ely (looking south)

The Ely area capacity enhancement (EACE) programme is a proposal to upgrade the railway to allow more trains to run through Ely.

This section of railway is a key constraint to allowing more trains to operate and it needs to be improved to meet the increasing demands.

The aim is to improve connectivity and reliability for passenger services and meet the demand for more rail freight between the Port of Felixstowe the West Midlands and the north to support sustainable, long-term economic growth. 

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First Round of Public Consultation is now closed

Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit comments to the first round of public consultation between 21 September and 1 November 2020.

Your feedback will be used to help inform our design process so that we can present potential options at future stages of consultation.  

We are now working through all the information which will help inform the proposals/options as we move forward to the next round of consultation expected in 2021.

An announcement will be made in the coming months on when the next consultation round will start and what it will focus on.

This webpage will be kept updated with the latest announcements. Please check back regularly.

General questions or requests about the round 1 consultation or the programme can be e-mailed to: ElyAreaCapacityEnhancements@networkrail.co.uk

View (looking north east) of Ely North Junction from the aggregate yard, with the lines heading to Peterborough (left), King’s Lynn (centre), and Norwich (right)
View (looking north east) of Ely North Junction from the aggregate yard, with the lines heading to Peterborough (left), King's Lynn (centre), and Norwich (right)

Funding and consent

Network Rail has secured £13.1m funding from the Department for Transport and £9.3m funding from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Strategic Freight Network to understand the scale of the challenge to increase capacity through Ely and progress early design options for public consultation.

Further design and development of the EACE programme, including future consultation events later 2022, and authorisation will be subject to future funding decisions by the Department for Transport following the Rail Networks Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) process.

What happened to the Ely north junction scheme?

The Ely North junction scheme was a proposal to improve the track layout of the main rail junction to the north of Ely station, however, this work was put on hold following the Hendy review in 2016.

This has given us the opportunity to review the wider capacity constraints around Ely which also need to be considered in order to meet the aspirations to run more rail services.

Contact us

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