We are working in partnership with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) to deliver a new station to serve the community of Soham in East Cambridgeshire
The CPCA is providing an £18.6m funding package for Network Rail to deliver a new railway station for the community. Reconnecting Soham to the rail network will be the realisation of a long campaign to rebuild the station which was closed in the 1960s.
A new station will provide residents and local businesses with better connections and support more investment as part of the Council’s vision for the wider area.
The new station at Soham will include:
- Construction of a single 99 metre platform to accommodate four car train services including waiting shelters, lighting, information screens and a public address system,
- Installation of a stepped footbridge across the railway to connect to an existing public right of way, designed for any future installation of lifts for a potential second platform for any scheme.
- Construction of a drop off point and a car park to accommodate 50 vehicles and five spaces for blue badge holders, as well as lighting masts.
- Cycle parking and ticket vending machines on the station forecourt.
On Friday 26 June 2020, East Cambridgeshire District Council granted its consent for Network Rail to build the station using permitted development rights.
The enabling works began autumn 2020 and the main construction phase will commence spring 2021.
Progress Update (August 2021)
Construction work is progressing well for the new Soham station.
Over the August bank holiday weekend, we completed the signalling works, which connects the new station to the wider signalling network. This is an important milestone for the project, as it allows future train services to call at the station safely.
With these signal works being complete, it means that from the December national timetable changes, Greater Anglia’s Ipswich to Peterborough service will be able to stop at Soham.
The project still has some work to be completed between now and December, including completing the station itself and bringing it into service. We have essential track, safety and train testing taking place, alongside driving training, to ensure everything is ready for the services to call at the station.
We will continue to work closely with Greater Anglia to deliver the final stages of the project and look forward to welcoming Soham’s first rail passengers for 56 years.
Soham Animation and time-lapse videos
The animation above is a visualisation of what a new station at Soham could look like once completed.
Time-lapse video of Soham station construction work between January and June.
The Future for Soham Station
The CPCA’s vision for Soham is that the delivery of a new station will build a much stronger case for the reinstating of the Snailwell loop which could provide a direct service between Ely, Soham, Newmarket and Cambridge. This could be part of a future scheme.
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