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Written by Oli Smith - 19 Nov 2006
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Location notes
This location is situated on the busy Ely - Peterborough, in March, Cambridgeshire, connecting line. The footbridge is situated just west of Whitemoor Virtual Quarry and March Station.
Railway type and traffic
All passenger trains passing March are DMUs. Central Trains operate Class 170s and 158s on this route while Greater Anglia use Class 170s and occasionally Class 156s.
March sees a considerable amount of freight, with stone trains from Mountsorrel to Barham, Middleton Towers, Broxbourne, Kennet, Trowse and Chesterton Junction. Intermodal Trains make regular appearances operated by DB Schenker, Freightliner and GBRf. Other 'as required' trains make appearances.
Whitemoor Yard is the main Network Rail centre for East Anglia, and sees a lot of engineers traffic. Weekends are the best time to see these. The yard also has several trip freights booked out, including sleepers from Tallington.
Environment
The footbridge is about 400m walk from March Rail Station. Open country, but with houses nearby. The bridge is used regualrly by pedestrians.
Road directions
From the A47 Guyhirn roundabout:
Take the A141 (signposted March) for about 5 miles before the road crosses over the March - Peterborough line on a concrete bridge. Take the B1099 off the roundabout immediately over the bridge (second exit), Norwood Road is on the left hand side, seventh turn off (housing estates included) on the left with a newsagents on the junction. Over the level crossing, take the first right to keep on Norwood Road. The footpath leading to the bridge is about 200m along this road on the right.

If, however, you miss the turning for Norwood Road, continue into the town centre to find the traffic light controlled junction with the B1101 and the bandstand on the right. Go straight over, follow the road round to the railway station, over the crossing and turn left at the double roundabout - you’re now on Norwood Road and the footpath will found about 750 meters down here, after crossing the bridge on the throat of March Yard.

From Ely:
Take the A142 to Chatteris, and follow the A141 (signposted March) until reaching the southern end of the town. The B1101 will take you into the town centre. Follow the road over the river to where the lanes divide on approach to the traffic light controlled junction with the B1099, with the town bandstand as the centrepiece. Turn right at this junction and follow the road round to the railway station, over the crossing and turn left at the double roundabout – you’re now on Norwood Road. The footpath leading to the bridge is about 200m along this road on the right.

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March West Junction, Footbridge map co-ordinates
Parking
Ample parking is available at March Rail Station.
Public transport
Regular train services from Birmingham, Liverpool, Peterborough, Ely, London and Norwich. Regular buses run from Wisbech, Downham Market, Peterborough, Huntingdon, Manea, Kings Lynn and Cambridge.

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Amenities
About 200m away from the bridge, down Norwood Road is a corner shop for light snacks. Many shops in March town centre, including Tescos. There is a pub on Norwood Road. Toilets are located at March Station (locked after 5pm!)
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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March West Junction, Footbridge

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Streetmap links
March West Junction, Footbridge general view map
March West Junction, Footbridge close up map

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March West Junction, Footbridge



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Photographic notes
The bridge is located on a gentle curve coming out of March Station. Light is best until about 4pm in summer, when it comes onto the nose of the trains. A good shot is available going in either direction, including trains coming of the west curve of Whitemoor. The best shot is available from the inside of the curve.
The bridge also acts as a good frame for photos taken from the bottom.


General views - All photographs © Oli Smith unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking east


Fig 3 - Looking east


Fig 3 - Looking east


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