We are working with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to deliver a new station to serve the community of Soham in East Cambridgeshire.
The CPCA has funded and commissioned Network Rail to develop options and assess what is required to deliver a new railway station and what is needed to make sure the provision of a station delivers value for money for the initial investment.
Following this work, the proposals for a new station at Soham will include:
- Construction of a single 102 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.
These proposals were presented to the Soham community in February 2019 during an information event and received overwhelming support for the project to go ahead.
In September 2019, the CPCA committed £18.6m to fund the delivery of the new station and reconnect the town of Soham with the rail network, as well as help improve prospects for economic growth, jobs and investment in the area.
On 1 May 2020, Network Rail submitted an application for permitted development of the station to the East Cambridgeshire District Council for determination.
Subject to gaining the permission of the local authority, the construction for the station is currently planned to begin later this year (2020) and is expected to be completed and open to passengers in 2022.
Train operator, Greater Anglia, will serve the new Soham station using its its Ipswich to Peterborough service to call at Soham initially.
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.
Greater Anglia has already committed within its franchising agreement to increase the frequency of trains from two-hourly to hourly.
The animation below is a visualisation of what a new station at Soham could look like once completed.
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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