Foxton railway station to be site of transport interchange
A location has been decided for a transport interchange and car park providing around 750 spaces near Foxton railway station.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership’s (GCP) executive board voted to progress with its plans for the “travel hub” on Thursday.
The travel hub will act as an interchange for the railway, buses, car users and cyclists.
The board approved a preferred location for the travel hub, and according to a report the GCP will now begin the preliminary designs and submit a planning application.
The GCP had been looking at two options – one to the south of the railway line and one to the north.
The GCP said in a statement it had “approved plans for a new travel hub to the south of Foxton Station to enable more people to leave their cars and travel by public transport following a public consultation”.
The body said the public consultation showed 41 per cent of respondents indicated that the southern site would be their preferred option, whereas it said 13 per cent indicated that the northern site was their preferred option.
The GCP will now develop a full outline business case for the plan, but it will still need to return to the board for final approval.
The scheme is currently estimated to cost just under £9million.
The number of car parking spaces is yet to be determined,but the GCP said it will provide “in the region of 750 car parking spaces”.
The outline business case from May this year said the travel hub could provide between 500 to 950 car parking spaces.
The GCP’s transport director, Peter Blake, told the meeting: “We need to continue to work closely with the local community to maximise the benefits for the Foxton area” – something he said could be achieved at the more detailed design phase.
“This needs to be taken forward in conversation with the community,” he added.
“To give an example of that, 750 spaces for cars may not be built out at one point because in the detailed design we might say, working with the community, we need 350 spaces, and that is what we need to start with and we need to work on the cycle parking issue and things like that. So that conversation needs to continue with the local community.”
The GCP’s report says the next stage of work “will also include any necessary stakeholder engagement in order to develop the scheme designs, as well as seeking to develop a package of benefits for the local community”.
According to a GCP report: “The provision of a travel hub scheme along the A10 Royston to Cambridge corridor is ideally positioned to improve access to new employment sites in Cambridge from the corridor’s villages and towns. The scheme enhances levels of public transport connectivity into and across the Greater Cambridge area.”
Foxton station sits on the Cambridge Line section of the Cambridge to King’s Cross railway line.
More by this authorBen Hatton, Local Democracy Reporter
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