There's been a long and high profile political campaign to improve the Ely North Junction.
It lies on one of the main arteries of the eastern region. Trains from Norwich, King's Lynn, Peterborough, Ipswich and Cambridge all converge on the station along with freight services connecting Felixstowe to the Midlands.
Campaigners say that if it were improved it would be possible to run longer and more frequent services.
But the promised work, which had been due to start this year, was indefinitely delayed after Network Rail realised it had over-committed on projects and run out of money.
With its new budget not starting until 2019, no preparatory work could start until then.
The fact that the private sector has stumped up the cash for a feasibilty study shows how much this project means to the region's business community.
There is still no start date despite today's announcement and there won't be one for some time.
But you get a sense that things are at last slowly moving forwards.