EWR are assessing new route from a Cambourne North station
The Cambridge Approaches Working Group have recently had two meetings with EWR, the second of which was attended by local MP Anthony Browne. At the first meeting EWR confirmed that they are investigating the feasibility and merits of a route from a possible Cambourne station to the north of the town rather than one close to Caxton, south of Cambourne. At the second meeting EWR said that they would consult on such a route and that the additional transit time compared to option E routes was around 2 minutes.
The Cambridge Approaches Working Group have sketched a possible route – see below – which we will share with EWR.
Figure 1 Alternative Route 6 Cambourne North to Cambridge South
It would follow a line to the north of the A428, away from the current residential areas to reduce the noise impact. Just to the east of Hardwick it would pass under the A428, under Long Road and cross the A603 via a bridge near the Barton rifle range. It would then arc to the north of Hauxton and cross the A1301 in Great Shelford and connect to the existing line into the planned Cambridge South station.
Not only does this route provide a station closer to existing and planned houses in Cambourne, it significantly reduces the impacts compared to the other routes sketched out by Cambridge Approaches. It would minimise the demolition of houses, have lower noise impact on the area’s residents and expected to have a lower ecological impact. The station in north Cambourne is emphatically backed by Cambourne Parish Council.
This route is called alternative route 6 and is being considered by the Cambridge Approaches Oversight Group consisiting of Parish Councils from Toft to The Shelfords.