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 (March 2021)
As the work enters the main construction phase, engineers will need to work on or near the track to build the new platform and footbridge. Additional work also needs to take place including ground levelling and track alignment adjustment to make sure the gap between the platform and train meets the required industry standard.
This work needs to be carried out when trains are not running on the Soham branch line on the following dates in 2021:
- Sunday 14 March
- Sunday 21 March
- Sunday 2 May
- Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 May
- Sunday 30 May
- Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 June
- Sunday 20 June
- Sunday 29 and Monday 30 August
Greater Anglia will operate a bus replace service to allow passengers to complete their journey while we continue to build the new station at Soham.
The animation below is a visualisation of what a new station at Soham could look like once completed.
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.
Soham Public Information event
If you would like to find out more about the proposals for Soham station you can download the information boards that were displayed at the public information event on 26 and 27 February 2019.
Will there be further information events on the plans?
We now have added this frequently asked questions section to our page and will have further public events as the project progresses.
The size of the car park is not sufficient with only 50 spaces.
Initial data shows that 50 spaces are sufficient for the service frequency. This will be further assessed as the project progresses.
Larger provision of bike stands required.
The train operator will monitor use of the bike racks and assess capacity and monitor.
Parking congestion on residential streets.
We will be monitoring this further during development and will work with our funder Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to address any residential parking impacts.
Will the car park be chargeable?
The operator will own the car park and will therefore determine whether this will be payable or free of charge (based on their corporate strategy).
Why is the service infrequent and to get to Cambridge I need to change at Ely?
In order to implement a new station, we have to open in line with the current service provision and timetable. The industry is constantly reviewing the needs of the public and the balance of freight requirements and adapting as required. The current infrastructure does not allow for a direct train to Cambridge.
How does the current timescales of the station align with the Ely to Soham doubling project?
The station will be delivered ahead of any doubling scheme which is currently on hold to assess the right strategy for the industry.
Will the station have links with the bus and cycle network?
A bus turning circle will be provided as part of the project to enable future bus provision. The Council are exploring cycle connections to the station.
When will the consultation on the Public Right of way diversion happen?
The project will be submitting its Rail Crossing Diversion Order in 2020 and consultation will be undertaken as part of the process.
How are passengers taken over the railway in the event of a lift failure?
In the first phase there are no lifts as part of the project. Lifts will be implemented in phase 2 and should it fail, user will press a call button and an engineer will come out.
Are there any plans to open Fordham station?
Network Rail are currently not aware of any plans to open this station.
What will ticket prices cost?
These will be set by the train operator and announced closer to the station opening.
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