From the 'Suffolk Free Press' of Thursday 12 March 1964



The executive of Sudbury and Woodbridge Division Labour Party have written to Transport Minister Mr Ernest Marples pressing for information on the future of the Stour Valley railway.

The letter, sent by party agent Mr Jack Roberts reads: "I am requested by my organisation to ask you if you would kindly give a definite answer to the following questions:

"In view of the rumour and uncertainty that is widespread in the Sudbury and Woodbridge constituency regarding the closure of the Stour Valley railway line, would you please make a statement on the future of this line? (a) Date when the Stour Valley line will close down; (b) Date when the public inquiry will be held.

"We view this matter as a priority of the utmost urgency requiring an immediate answer.

"So far our efforts to obtain a straight forward answer have failed. We therefore believe that you will appreciate the concern of commuters and industry alike at the continued uncertainty as to the future of the Marks Tey via Sudbury, Haverhill, to Cambridge railway service".