We’re building a new railway station for Cambridge to support the vitally important biomedical campus and serve a growing community of science and health care specialists, employees and hospital visitors.
Cambridge is one of the UK’s most successful and fastest growing cities. The Cambridge Biomedical Campus is an internationally significant health and life sciences cluster and is expected to accommodate 27,000 jobs by 2031.
The Cambridge Local Plan 2018 identifies the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and the Cambridge Southern Fringe as an area of major change in Cambridge.
It is envisaged that by 2031 new housing developments across the Cambridge Southern Fringe comprising an estimated 4000 new homes will have been built.
The new station will connect the Cambridge Biomedical Campus with potential destinations such as central London, Stansted Airport, and Birmingham.
The station will also provide access to a growing area of high-quality employment and help relieve congestion in the local area by supporting the development of environmentally sustainable transport in Cambridge.
In the future, East West Rail services from Bedford to Cambridge could serve the new station.
Our plans involve the construction and operation of a new two storey, four platform station on the West Anglia Main adjacent to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus which will include:
- ticket vending machines
- lifts providing step free access to all platforms
- accessible toilets, baby change facilities, waiting area and space for retail/catering
- access for pedestrians and cyclists from both sides of the railway with capacity for a 1000 cycle parking spaces
- modification to roads and crossings to facilitate access to the station
We will also modify and enhance the rail infrastructure to support the new station which will include:
- remodelling of the existing track layout
- installing two additional track loops to accommodate a four-platform station
- enhancements to Shepreth branch junction
- modification to the railway on the southern approach to Cambridge station
- provision for overhead line electrification infrastructure and a substation
- modification of existing signalling equipment
- closure of two private level crossing and provision of alternative access
- The new station will connect the Cambridge Biomedical Campus with potential destinations such as central London, London Stansted Airport and Birmingham
- The station will have step free access to all platforms, accessible toilets, cycle parking, drop off area and access to the station for pedestrians on both sides.
- The station will be managed and served by Greater Anglia, with other existing train operators expected to call at the new station (subject to future timetabling).
Christmas 2023 engineering update
Watch the video below to find out what work we completed over Christmas 2023.
23 October 2023
We have awarded the main contract to J Murphy & Sons Ltd to build and complete Cambridge South. For more information read our press release.
19 September 2023
South Rail Systems Alliance (SRSA) awarded £40 million contract to deliver the rail systems for Cambridge South station including upgrades to Shepreth branch junction.
5 June 2023
Government announces commitment to deliver a new train station in south Cambridge by 2025. Read more on the gov.uk website.
A Transport and Works Act Order to construct a new station to serve the Cambridge Biomedical Campus was approved by the Secretary of State for Transport, to improve connectivity in Cambridgeshire and beyond.
Transport and Works Act Order
Approval to authorise the construction and operation of a new Cambridge South Station and related track works, including improvements at Shepreth Branch Junction and a new connection between existing lines at Hills Road have been authorised by the Secretary of State for Transport. The TWAO application documents submitted to the Department for Transport in 2021 can be found below for reference.
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.
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