Anthony Browne, MP for South Cambridgeshire, welcomed the news that Network Rail has identified the preferred location of the proposed new railway station for Cambridge South.
The new station is proposed to be located adjacent to the Guided Busway, corresponding with Option 1 presented to the public. The chosen location follows a review of engineering and design information together with the results of public consultation.
The station will also provide direct access to a range of potential routes on the rail network for those in South Cambridgeshire and better connections across the southern fringe of the city.
As well as commenting on the location, Network Rail was challenged by the public to protect places of significance such as Hobson’s Park and Nine Wells Nature Reserve to consider the impacts on the environment and businesses on the east side of the railway; to consider impacts on sustainable travel modes, including walking, cycling and public transport and enhance the connections for such modes. These concerns will continue to be considered during the next phases of development.
Anthony Browne MP commented: “I am delighted that Network Rail has listened to residents and identified option one as the preferred location.
“Having campaigned hard for this station and welcomed the official funding announcement by the Chancellor in March, this update marks an important step towards completion. I will continue to work with the Treasury, Department of Transport and the Combined Authority to ensure this ambitious project is successfully delivered by 2025.
“Commuters and patients alike are crying out for the quick and convenient access this station will provide. Alongside the new East-West Rail link, this Government is delivering a bright future for our region’s railways.”