Public consultation on capacity enhancement at Ely started on 24 May to gain feedback from the public.
On the Soham branch line, NR proposes to install additional tracks including a 400-metre-long passing loop, while at Ely Dock Junction to the south of the station, track realignment is needed. This includes straightening tracks through platform 3 by widening the platform ends, as well as relocating signals, overhead line structures and other equipment.
Stuntney bridge, just north of Ely station, will need either a wider single deck or two separate decks on the eastern side to accommodate the realigned tracks through platform 3.
Replacement of Cutter bridge, which carries the railway over the River Ouse north of the station needs to be replaced to increase line speed to 50mph, and two options are being consulted on. The first is to replace the structure with a longer double-track deck bridge, and the second is to use two separate bridges, one carrying two tracks and the other a single track. This option, says NR, would allow freight trains to access and exit the main London line faster, reducing disruption to other services.
Further along the line is Common Muckhill bridge, with options for a single deck truss or arch bridge, one with a central pier and one without. NR is also proposing to close Kiln Lane level crossing, with three options for pedestrian access to the Ely Pits and Meadows Site of Special Scientific Interest and two for vehicular access to commercial and leisure facilities. The consultation runs until June 5, and can be viewed at https://phase2.elyareacapacity.com/