We have been monitoring the routes suggested by the East-West Railway project. The latest preferred route option is potentially disastrous for nature and wildlife habitats in the Cambridge area.

The proposed route for the rail link will have a direct and detrimental impact on wildlife habitats and species numbers and divide habitat corridors throughout the area. The route could destroy 27 years of endeavour to increase, national declining species on CRT land at Westfield Farm in Comberton.

We have been approached to have environmental studies on our land at Westfield Farm, Comberton in 2021. The East-West Railway project has recently released an interactive map showing the route in a blue-grey proposed area (and layers of land designation can be highlighted).

Westfield lies south-west of Comberton, and despite being listed as a ‘Priority Habitat’ (by Natural England) and a Greenbelt area (by The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government) which is specially designated area of countryside protected from most forms of development, the route dissects through the land.

The concern is that, not only will this devastate CRT land, but also other habitats, reserves, and local homes.  We join other organisations suggestions that the railway line should follow the A428 and not obliterate the precious rural countryside to the west of Cambridgeshire.

Westfield Wildlife – protected species, rare species, and abundance of farmland species

We are extremely concerned about the impact the East-West Railway project will have on the habitats of protected, rare and farmland species that we have. These including many BAP species that are identified as being the most threatened and requiring conservation action under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP).

Impacted species