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Network Rail has submitted a Transport and Works Act Order application 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

Background

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.

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 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

Our plans would 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 could include:

  • a ticket office
  • 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 also plan to modify and enhance the rail infrastructure to support the new station which could 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

Subject to gaining the necessary consents, work could start on the station in 2022 with a funder target of station opening in 2025. A funding statement is included in the TWAO application with a projected investment package of £183.6m to deliver the new station and the associated infrastructure changes.

Transport and Works Act order (TWAO) application documents

Following two rounds of public consultation in 2020, a Transport and Works Act order (TWAO) application and a request for deemed planning permission to build the new station has been submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport on 18 June 2021. The TWAO would also allow the acquisition of the necessary land required to build and operate the new station.

The submission of the TWAO application is the culmination of years of support by local organisations and partners working collaboratively to fund the early stages of development in order to realise the benefits of improving rail connectivity to the southern fringe of Cambridge and the biomedical campus. These organisations include the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, the Greater Cambridge Partnership, AstraZeneca Ltd and the Department for Transport.

The suite of TWAO application documents can be viewed below:

Cambridge South station OBC

This document was produced by the Department for Transport and is included here to offer additional context to the proposal. It does not form part of the application.

Parts of the economic case have been redacted as passenger operator revenue is commercially sensitive information.

Next Steps

The TWAO submission took place on 18 June 2021. Notices of the TWAO application have been advertised in local newspapers.

As part of the TWAO process, there will be an opportunity for anyone with an interest affected by the application to submit objections (and/or make representations of support) to the Secretary of State during the objection period. The objection period is usually open for at least six weeks from the date of submission.

The period of objection for Cambridge South station will close on Monday 2 August 2021.

Should you wish to contact the Department for Transport regarding the TWAO, their address is:

Transport Infrastructure Planning Unit,
Department for Transport,
Great Minster House,
33 Horseferry Road,
London, SW1P 4DR.

You can also email at transportinfrastructure@dft.gov.uk. Please include ‘ Network Rail (Cambridge South Infrastructure Enhancements) Order” in the title of any correspondence.

For more information on TWAO applications and how to submit an objection, please visit the Gov.uk website which includes a brief guide to Transport and Works Act orders

A provisional date for a public inquiry has been set for 22 November 2021. More details will be available in due course.

Further information on the progress of the application will be updated on this project webpage. Please check back regularly to see the latest.

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.

You can also follow us on Twitter @NetworkRailANG using the hashtag #CambridgeSouth

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