Wisbech to March railway 'would make money'

Disused gate at overgrown rail crossing
Image caption The line between Wisbech and March was closed to passengers in 1968

The re-opening of a railway between Wisbech and March in Cambridgeshire is financially viable, a county council report has found.

It would cost £75m to rebuild a station at Wisbech and reinstate the eight-mile (13km) track to connect trains to the main line at Ely.

The council report said the economic benefits for the area could reach £81m.

Council leader Martin Curtis said: "The study is a big step forward and what it does show is this is worth doing."

Campaigners have said a direct train service to Cambridge would take about 40 minutes - much faster than a car or bus journey.

Wisbech station was shut in 1968 when passenger trains to March were stopped.

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