Robert Sturdy

Conservative MEP – UK Eastern Region.

East of England MEP hails £3.2 million funding boost to Ely Station

Brussels, Wednesday 11th July 2012 – Robert Sturdy, MEP for the East of England, welcomed news that Ely Station has been recommended by the European Commission for financial support for its TEN-T project.

The project, which was praised by the Commission for its strong positive local impact, involves the construction of two 775m freight loops to the east of Ely station that will permit the regulation of freight trains. It is also expected to remove a critical infrastructure bottleneck, indirectly contributing to improving passenger traffic movements.

The project, which will be co-financed by the EU and the UK Government, is expected to commence later this year.

Cambridgeshire MEP Robert Sturdy, who has long been supportive of the Ely Station project, warmly welcomed the news.

“This announcement is great news for Ely and the East of England. Not only will it improve local freight infrastructure but it is expected to help relieve some of the strain on commuter routes in and around London.”

“Although we are often critical of the EU, sometimes it does bring benefits for the people of the East of England. This funding represents some 20% of the total expected cost of the project and I look forward to work beginning sometime towards the end of 2012.”

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For further information contact:

Robert Sturdy MEP– robert.sturdy@europarl.europa.eu

Tel: 01954 211790 or 0032 2284 7294 or visit: robertsturdymep.com

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