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Possible New Route from Cambourne North Station

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.

Note that this is an indicative sketch of a possible route from a station to the north of Cambourne if that option were adopted. It has been developed by Cambridge Approaches is not necessarily one that would be proposed or used by 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.

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Possible Rail Routes

These are possible route alignment alternatives developed by Cambridge Approaches for discussion and comments. These options are under review by local parish councils forming the Cambridge Approaches Oversight Group at a series of meetings including the Cambridge Approaches Working Group.

EWR’s options, which they intend to issue in January 2021, may differ from those shown.

We invite comments below.

You can download the map here.