The new station at Cambridge North is set to open on schedule next month, according to Network Rail.
“We were always going to open it for the May timetable,” Katie Mack, media relations manager for Network Rail Anglia, told Eastern Echo.
The station will have three platforms, parking for 450 vehicles and 1,000 cycles, and solar panels that will provide up to 10% of the station’s power.
The station will serve Cambridge Science Park and the suburb of Chesterton. Funded by the Department for Transport and developed by Network Rail in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge North station will alleviate the pressure on the existing Cambridge station, where people travelling to the science and business parks currently need to leave the train and find alternative ways to complete their journey.
It is expected that the station will encourage new businesses to the area as well as aid the expansion of existing businesses, and encourage additional employment opportunities. In the meantime, the station will serve staff already working at the Science Park and St John’s Innovation Centre.
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, said: “The completion of the car park is another important step forward for Cambridge North, which is eagerly awaited by people in and outside Cambridge. With more than twice as many cycle-parking spaces, and close links to the busway, the station will help many more people switch from cars and help ease congestion across the city. It can’t come soon enough.”
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, chairman of the Economy and Environment Committee, said: “Anybody who has travelled this line has seen this much needed station start to take shape and the finishing of the car park is the latest milestone in seeing it open to the public. We have campaigned, with partners, to see this station opened as part of our drive to provide excellent transport links that will serve local communities and business. Cambridgeshire is one of the fastest growing areas in the country and this station is part of new transport measures being built to make sure we support our existing and new communities, while boosting the local economy.”
The station will be operated by Great Anglia.
“Our figures suggest that the station will be used for 3,000 journeys a day,” said Mack. “That is, 3,000 people getting on and off at Cambridge North daily.”
This will provide huge congestion relief for the centre of Cambridge, where 87,000 vehicles drive into the city every day.
The photo, taken April 3, shows the exit tarmac being laid at Cambridge North with the station in the background on the right.