Monday 5 Oct 2020
Public consultation on Cambridge South station
- Region & Route:
- Eastern: Anglia
Network Rail is set to launch the second round of consultation for Cambridge South station this month.
Following the announcement in June on the preferred location for the new station, the next round of public consultation will open on 19 October to allow the public to comment on the next stage of development for the new station.
A new station will improve connectivity across Cambridgeshire and provide more sustainable travel options for patients, visitors and employees when travelling to and from the Biomedical Campus. Improving connectivity to the campus and the local area will support growth by improving access to a growing area of high-quality employment.
This consultation round will focus on station facilities and station access arrangements, to make sure that the proposals that have been developed cater for future station users. It will also be an opportunity to see how the current proposals have addressed the feedback received from the first round of consultation earlier this year.
Consultation on these proposals will last for six weeks, closing on 29 November. During this time, the public will be able to view proposals, hold virtual discussions with Network Rail representatives and submit comments which will be considered as part of the continuing design process.
Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: “I am really pleased to see the good progress we are making to realise a new station for Cambridge. This second round of public consultation will build upon the comments we received in February, test our proposals and make sure we take forward the best station option for future passengers and the community.”
James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, said: “I’m proud that persistent lobbying by the Combined Authority has brought this new Cambridge station within reach – and now, the people it will serve get their say on how it evolves. Cambridge South will be a keystone of Cambridgeshire’s future – improving connectivity across our whole county, increasing everyone’s opportunity for sustainable travel, paving the way for good growth, linking people to the kind of jobs they want, and getting them there in a cleaner, greener way.”
Cllr Roger Hickford, Chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership said: “We fully support plans to deliver Cambridge South which would link to other transport projects being developed to give people access to quick, reliable and sustainable public transport services to and from the busy Cambridge Biomedical Campus. We are aware of the future growth in employment on this site and the development of Cambridge South is essential.”
How the public can have their say
Owing to the current Coronavirus situation and following Government guidance, we are conducting the second round of public consultation remotely to maintain the safety of the public and our staff.
The consultation materials will be available via an online web-portal for six weeks from 19 October. There will also be opportunities to speak to project representatives via a webchat facility accessed via the project webpage or by calling a dedicated consultation phone line once the consultation opens.
For more information about the proposals and details on how to contact us during the consultation, for Cambridge South, please view our project webpage: www.networkrail.co.uk/cambridge-south-station/
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Notes to Editors
Addition notes to editors
- The development of Cambridge South station is being funded by the Department for Transport, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, the Greater Cambridge Partnership and AstraZeneca Ltd.
- A Transport and Works Act Order is anticipated to be submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport in 2021 to obtain the relevant consents to build the station.
- Subject to gaining consent, work could start on the station in 2023 with a funder target of station opening in 2025.
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