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Pressure mounts to deliver a Cambridge South station by next year

Pressure is being put on leading government figures to bring another new railway station to Cambridg..

By admin , in Cambridge , at February 16, 2018

Pressure is being put on leading government figures to bring another new railway station to Cambridge next year.

Last week, former Transport Secretary, Lord Andrew Adonis, said a new railway station in the south of the city near Addenbrooke’s hospital could be completed as early as next year if Network Rail got a move on with building work.

Now James Palmer, mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has added his voice to the push for the new station to be completed earlier.

Mayor Palmer has written to Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Transport, calling for the work to be sped up.

He cites the importance of the station for the expanding biomedical site in the area, as well as the increased burden new housing will put on existing transport routes.

'Delivering Cambridge South station at the biomedical campus is a top priority for me'

“As I mentioned during our conversation, delivering Cambridge South station at the biomedical campus is a top priority for me,” wrote Mayor Palmer.

“There are currently approximately 15,000 people working at the campus, primarily at Addenbrookes Hospital, and with Astra Zeneca moving its global headquarters to the site the number is likely to swell to well over 20,000 by 2020.

Mayor James Palmer is calling on the government to speed up the process

“The transport infrastructure at the site is under strain and the requirement for Cambridge South station is growing and needed now.”

Mayor Palmer said pressure needed to be put on Network Rail to bring the project forward quickly.

Scheme should be 'straightforward'

He wrote: “Due to Network Rail's poor reputation for delivering rail infrastructure quickly, I'm keen for the Combined Authority to consider ways of delivering the station in an innovative way potentially involving third parties.

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“I believe that delivering Cambridge South station should be far more straight forward than many at Network Rail are currently suggesting when time is of the essence to such a significant degree. I'm keen to meet with yourself, Departmental officials and representatives from Network Rail to discuss what might be possible to expedite the plans.”

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Speaking to the News last week, a Network Rail spokeswoman said: “We are working closely with suppliers and funders to deliver the right scheme in as timely a manner as possible.

“The current funding will allow us to develop plans for the new station, which includes exploring options for the track and station layout, while also considering how to mitigate the impact of a new station on other services in the Cambridgeshire region. Whilst this work progresses, we will continue to work with stakeholders to identify opportunities for funding works beyond the development stage.”

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