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23/06/2021

Network Rail lodges application to build Cambridge South Station

Network Rail's indicative visualisation of Cambridge South Station

A Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application has been submitted by Network Rail to build Cambridge South station, which would serve the southern fringe of Cambridge and the biomedical campus.

In 2020 there were two rounds of consultation for the new station, which would connect the Cambridge Biomedical Campus with potential destinations such as central London, London Stansted Airport, Ely, Birmingham and Europe via London St Pancras. 

Dr Nik Johnson, Mayor of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, said:  “I know from experience how important it is to improve transport links to hospitals and healthcare, while the economic future of the UK depends on the success of the industries Cambridge South Station will help to support with its better connections.

“I want the combined authority to carry on championing not only this important project, but also the wider transport improvements that will be needed to get the full value out of it, and to support well-planned development of the Biomedical Campus and the Greater Cambridge economy so they can bring new jobs and new skills for local people.”

The new station would also bolster employment in the area and alleviate congestion by supporting the development of environmentally sustainable transport in Cambridge.

A new two-storey, four-platform station on the West Anglia Main Line is also part of the TWAO application to the transport secretary. This could include features like a ticket office, step-free access and accessible toilets.

Modifications to the rail infrastructure, which are part of the application to 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; and

  • closure of two private level crossing and provision of alternative access.


People who are affected by the TWAO application will be able to lodge objections by Monday 2 August 2021 when the consultation period closes.

If consent is given to build the station, work could start in 2022 with a view to it opening in 2025.

Further details about the TWAO application can be seen on Network Rail’s Cambridge South project webpage.

Image credit | Network Rail

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