Plans for a new station at Cambridge South, to connect the Cambridge Biomedical Campus with potential destinations such as central London, London Stansted Airport, Ely, Birmingham and Europe, have now been formally submitted as a Transport and Works Act Order application.
The Cambridge Local Plan 2018 identifies the Cambridge Southern Fringe as an area of major change in Cambridge. The Cambridge Biomedical Campus, an internationally significant health and life sciences cluster, is expected to accommodate 27,000 jobs by 2031. In the same timescale, it is envisaged that an estimated 4,000 new homes will have been built in new housing developments across the Cambridge Southern Fringe.
The station will 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 addition, East West Rail services from Bedford to Cambridge could serve the new station.
Network Rail’s plans involve the construction and operation of a new two-storey, four-platform station on the West Anglia main line 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 1,000 cycle parking spaces;
- Modification to roads and crossings to facilitate access to the station.
Modifications to enhance the rail infrastructure and support the new station 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 crossings and provision of alternative access.
Subject to gaining the necessary consents, work could start on the £183.6 million project in 2022, with the station opening in 2025.