The need for a new station
The Department for Transport (DfT) published a Strategic Outline Business Case in November 2017 for a new railway station in the south of Cambridge, serving the internationally significant Cambridge Biomedical Campus and Southern Fringe development areas of Cambridge.
Cambridge is one of the UK’s most successful and fastest growing cities. By 2020, the Cambridge Biomedical Campus is expected to house the largest concentration of biomedical expertise in Europe including an international conference centre and high capacity hotel. Over the next four years, 3750 new jobs are expected to be created. It is envisaged that by 2031 new housing developments across the Southern Fringe comprising an estimated 4000 new homes shall be constructed. This future growth in Cambridge is expected to place significant pressures on the railway system which is already running at full capacity.
What we are doing
The aim of the Cambridge South Infrastructure Enhancement Project is to develop plans for a new station in the vicinity of the growing biomedical campus along with associated infrastructure to sustainably improve connectivity in the Cambridgeshire region.
The location of the potential enhancements is shown in the image below.
The DfT has provided £10m to Network Rail to develop detailed proposals for Cambridge South station and associated infrastructure. This includes £5m from local and private sector funding partners in Cambridgeshire consisting of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, the Greater Cambridge Partnership and AstraZeneca Ltd.
The first consultation round opened on 20 January and closed on 2 March 2020
We ran nine public consultation events on proposals for a new railway station and associated infrastructure in the south of Cambridge in January 2020. The public were invited to attend the consultation events to comment on the proposals being put forward which includes three possible location options and early designs for the station and possible access.
Almost 1000 people attended the events we hosted and over 960 comments were submitted to us from members of the public. These comments will now be collated and will form part of the continuing development work to take forward to a second round of consultation. This second consultation round is currently being planned for late 2020 on a preferred option prior to preparation of a submission of a Transport and Works Act Order to the Secretary of State for Transport anticipated in 2021.
Subject to gaining the necessary funding and consent, work could start on the station in 2023 with a funder target of station opening in 2025.
Thank you to everyone you attended the event and/or submitted comments on these important proposals.
If you have any enquiries or questions about the proposals for Cambridge South Station, please contact the 24/7 helpline team on 0345 711 4141 or visit our Contact Us webpage.