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Funding bid for new railway station at Sawston led by Anthony Browne MP

A funding bid is being made to the government as part of early proposals to build a new railway station at Sawston.

South Cambridgeshire MP Anthony Browne along with local councillors and residents, working as the Sawston Station Working Group, will submit an application to the Department for Transport (DfT) to build a business case.

Anthony Browne. Picture: Keith Heppell
Anthony Browne. Picture: Keith Heppell

Mr Browne said he has already discussed the potential new station with ministers, and he and the group have held preliminary discussions with DfT officials.

Sawston is one of the few villages in South Cambridgeshire to have a railway line run past it, but no station – the London Liverpool Street to Cambridge line runs past the end of Mill Lane, close to the site of the old Spicers factory.

With the government already committed to a new station at Cambridge South, a railway station at Sawston would mean the village is just two stops to Addenbrooke’s and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, and three stops from the city centre.

The Tory MP said: “We know our villages can – and should – be better connected. I am working hard to make it easier for people in South Cambridgeshire to travel to work and shops.

“A new station at Sawston is one part of the solution, and I will make as strong a case as possible to government and ministers. With a growing population, it makes economic sense to add stations to existing lines.”

Could Sawston get its own station?
Could Sawston get its own station?

Cllr Kevin Cuffley, chairman of Sawston Parish Council and county councillor for Sawston, said: “Sawston has long been keen to have its own station, and with growing housing and traffic the case for it is getting stronger. It takes people in Sawston far too long to get into Cambridge to work or shop, and a new station could dramatically cut travel times. We already have the railway line, so installing a small new station should be straightforward and cause minimal disruption.”

The working group is applying for the funding as part of the Restoring your Railway initiative, a £500million pot to help reconnect towns and villages across the country.

An ideas fund allows communities to bid for 75 per cent of the costs (up to £50,000) to help pay for a transport and economic scoping study. This would then be followed by a full business case which would be used by officials to consider funding the building work.

The case for a new station has support from both county and district councillors as well as the Combined Authority mayor, James Palmer.

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