The much-needed Cambridge South station has taken another step forward as Network Rail says it will launch the second round of public consultation in October.
Following June's announcement of the preferred site, the latest phase of the consultation is scheduled to start on 19 October, welcoming people's views on the next stages of the railway development, championed as a key priority by Mayor James Palmer.
James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority:
“I’m proud that persistent lobbying by the Combined Authority, as well as funding from us, 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 more sustainable travel, paving the way for growth, linking homes to the kind of jobs people want, and getting them there in a cleaner, greener way.”
“We’ve never stopped pushing for this because a new station at Cambridge South is key to joining up the whole of Cambridgeshire, and creating really sustainable travel options for the Biomedical Campus. Improving links to that area will help good growth, throwing open a key zone of high-quality employment.”
This round of consultation will concentrate on access to the station and its facilities, to make sure the plans will work for the future users of Cambridge South. The station's development is being funded by the Department for Transport, the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, the Greater Cambridge Partnership and AstraZeneca Ltd.
The consultation will last for six weeks, closing on 29 November. The public can view proposals, hold virtual discussions with Network Rail staff, and submit comments to be considered within the ongoing 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.”
How you can have your say:
Owing to the current Coronavirus situation and following Government guidance, Network Rail is conducting the second round of public consultation remotely.
The consultation materials can be seen online via a web-portal for six weeks from 19 October. There will also be opportunities to webchat with a project rep, via the project webpage or by calling a dedicated consultation phone line once the consultation opens.
For more information about how to contact Network Rail during the consultation for Cambridge South, go to: www.networkrail.co.uk/cambridge-south-station/