A new station is proposed, to be called Cambridge South, on the existing railway line where it runs along the western edge of the Biomedical Campus, just to the south of the guided busway bridge over the railway.
The concept of a station to serve the Biomedical Campus has been around for some years. Recently a consultation exercise resulted in the choice of a site adjacent to the Guided Busway bridge
Network Rail submitted a Transport and Works Act Order in June 2021. While most interested parties are in favour of the station, there were objections on various points of access and environmental impact, and a Public Inquiry was therefore convened, planned originally for November 2021 but postponed until February 2022 to allow objectors more time to formulate their cases. Network Rail hope to complete the work in late 2025: the station will be served by trains on the existing King’s Cross and Liverpool St lines and later by East-West Rail, should that project come to fruition.
The station will not be in Great Shelford parish, but will affect us in four main ways:
- Residents who work at or visit the Biomedical Campus, and others, particularly those who live in the northern part of our parish, may find the new station useful for their work or leisure journeys.
- The work includes re-modelling of the junction known as Shepreth Branch Junction, where the King’s Cross and Liverpool St lines diverge. This junction is within our parish, close to the Abberley Wood housing development, and we examine the impact on a separate page about the Shepreth Branch Junction.
- We can expect some construction traffic in the parish, particularly for the work at Shepreth Branch Junction. Great Shelford Parish Council’s Travel and Transport Infrastructure Working Group has been in dialogue with Network Rail since February 2021 and will continue to work to minimise the impact on residents.
- The new station is expected to have a footfall of at least one million passengers a year from its inception. Currently those people must be arriving at the campus by some other means, including private cars, so we may see some reduction in local road traffic.
Great Shelford Parish Council recognises the need for the station and is supportive, while conscious of the cumulative impact of several possible infrastructure projects in our neighbourhood. We will continue to share information with residents as it becomes available and to consult with you as necessary.