Three locations for Cambridge South railway station to be revealed
A public consultation on proposals for a new Cambridge South railway station will be launched on Monday (January 20).
The station is proposed to be built in the vicinity of Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The project will aim to improve accessibility for patients and visitors to Addenbrooke’s and Royal Papworth hospitals and cut congestion in the south of the city.
Network Rail envisages that the station could open by 2025, but James Palmer, mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, has condemned that idea as “foot-dragging”.
A series of consultation events kick off on Monday at the Hicks Room at the University Centre in Granta Place between 4pm and 8pm, where three locations for the four-platform station will be unveiled, along with early designs and suggested access arrangements. The consultation will close on March 2.
Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: “We’re really interested to listen to the views of the community at this early stage to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to have their say before any significant decisions are taken.”
Further events will be held next week at Long Road Sixth Form College on Tuesday (5pm-9pm); Royal Papworth Hospital on Wednesday (9am-1pm); at Netherhall School on Thursday (4pm-8pm); and Trumpington Pavilion on Friday (10am-2pm).
Shelford Rugby Club will host the consultation on Saturday, January 25, (10am-2pm); Little Shelford Memorial Hall on Tuesday, January 28 (3.30pm-7.30pm); Grantchester Village Hall on Wednesday, January 29 (4pm-8pm); and Stapleford Jubilee Pavilion on Thursday, January 30 (1pm-5pm).
Cllr Aidan Van de Weyer, chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, said: “We fully support Cambridge South which would unlock the full potential of the Greater Cambridge economy and enable the thousands of people who travel to the Biomedical Campus quick and sustainable public transport – helping to cut congestion and improve air quality.”
A second round of public consultation is expected to take place later in the year on a preferred option, prior to submission of a transport and works act order to the secretary of state for transport anticipated in 2021.
Subject to gaining funding and consent, work could start in 2023 with a target opening in 2025.
See the Network Rail website for more.