We're developing plans for a new station in the vicinity of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus to improve connectivity in Cambridgeshire and beyond

Visualisation of Cambridge South station from the east
Indicative visualisation of Cambridge South station from the east

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.

Over the next four years, 3750 new jobs are expected to be created. 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 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.

Benefits

The new station would connect the Cambridge Biomedical Campus with potential destinations such as central London, London Stansted Airport, Ely, Birmingham and Europe.

The station would also provide access to a growing area of high-quality employment and also 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.

Consultation Round 2 is now closed

Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit comments to the second round of public consultation between 19 October and 29 November 2020.

We are now working through all the information and feedback which will help inform the proposals/options as we move forward to the next stage of the project.

Consultation Round 1 – station location

Following the first round of consultation earlier in 2020, Network Rail identified and selected the preferred location of the proposed Cambridge South new railway station in June 2020. The chosen location corresponds with Option 1 (Northern station location) presented at the public consultation events held in January 2020.

Preferred Cambridge South station location highlighted
Photo of preferred Cambridge South station location

The new station is proposed to be located adjacent to the Guided Busway (Addenbrook’s bridge) and will provide a new transport choice available to patients, visitors and employees when travelling to and from the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The station will also provide direct access to a range of potential routes on the rail network for those in South Cambridgeshire and better connections across the southern fringe of the city.

Consultation Round One

During the first round of consultation, between 20 January and 2 March 2020 we asked for your views on three locations for a new station between Addenbrooke’s Bridge and Nine Wells Bridge, namely the northern, central and southern options. We presented ways of getting to each location by foot and cycle and by road from either Francis Crick Avenue on the east side or Addenbrooke’s Road on the west side.

Consultation results

  • 989 people attended 10 events
  • We received 967 responses
  • 89% of you support/strongly support the proposal
  • 23% preferred the Southern location*
  • 16% preferred the Central location*
  • 55% preferred the Northern location*

*6% were undecided.

You told us

  • Provide a high quality station environment
  • Road access to the station from Francis Crick Avenue was preferred
  • Provide sufficient cycle parking capacity for station trips
  • Retain the cycle path (NCN Route 11) under Nine Wells Bridge
  • Protect the environment and enhance biodiversity
  • Provide public transport links including safe pedestrian and cycle access to both sides of the railway
  • Avoid as far as possible intrusion into Hobson’s Park.

Thank you to everyone you attended the event and/or submitted comments on these important proposals.

Looking ahead

We intend to submit an application for a Transport and Works Act Order to the Secretary of State for Transport in 2021.

Subject to gaining 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.

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