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.


Network Rail is launching a public consultation on proposals for a new railway station and associated infrastructure in the south of Cambridge.

The public will be invited to attend 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.

The public consultation will begin on 20 January 2020 with consultation events planned to take place at various local venues on the following dates:

Monday 20 January 4pm-8pmThe University Centre (Hicks Room)
Granta Place, Cambridge, CB2 1RU
Tuesday 21 January5pm-9pmLong Road Sixth Form College
Long Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PX
Wednesday 22 January 9am-1pmRoyal Papworth Hospital
Papworth Road, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge, CB2 0AY
Thursday 23 January4pm-8pmNetherhall School
Queen Edith’s Way, Cambridge, CB1 8NN
Friday 24 January 10am-2pmTrumpington Pavilion
King George V Playing Field, Paget Road, Trumpington, CB2 9JF
Saturday 25 January10am-2pmShelford Rugby Club
The Davey Field, Cambridge Road, Great Shelford, CB22 5JU
Tuesday 28 January3:30pm–7:30pmLittle Shelford Memorial Hall
The Long House, 11 Church Street, Little Shelford, CB22 5HG
Wednesday 29 January4pm-8pm Grantchester Village Hall
Vicarage Drive, Grantchester, Cambridge, CB3 9NG
Thursday 30 January1pm-5pmStapleford Jubilee Pavilion
Stapleford Recreation Ground, Off Haverhill Road, Stapleford, CB22 5BX

The public consultation will last for approximately six weeks during which the public will be able to attend the events and/or submit their comments to Network Rail via an online survey which can be found by going to the dedicated consultation hub.

The first round consultation will begin 20 January 2020 and close on 2 March 2020.

A second round of public consultation is expected to take place in 2020 on a preferred option prior to 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. 

Contact Us

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.