Mayor pushes for Ely fix as station gets go-ahead


Ministers have confirmed government funding for a new £210m rail station at Cambridge Biomedical Campus in the south of the city.

The Department for Transport said the four-platform, fully accessible Cambridge South station will act as a key transport link between the biomedical campus and international gateways, such as Stanstead Airport and Eurostar.

It added that the station, which is due to open in 2025, will see 1.8 million passengers a year and forms part of the proposed route of the future East-West Rail line, which ‘would’ connect Oxford and Cambridge.

Rail minister Huw Merriman said: ‘This brand-new station will not only benefit local passengers but deliver a major boost to the entire city, improving connectivity to a world-leading academic hub while unlocking local business and growth opportunities across the region.'

Kristin-Anne Rutter, executive director at Cambridge Biomedical Campus Limited, said: ‘Better public transport links will be critical in fulfilling our vision of a more sustainable campus.

‘Currently, there are around five times as many visits to the site as there are car parking spaces. We have to find ways of making it easier for the thousands of staff, NHS patients and visitors arriving daily to get here without needing to use a car.’

Dr Nik Johnson, mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, said: ‘The combined authority is proud to have pushed for Cambridge South in the vital early stages, co-operating to fund the business case that demonstrated to Government the need and value of a station here and catalysed today’s happy outcome.’

He added: 'As we watch Cambridge South take shape, the combined authority will continue to champion not only this important project, but also the broader transport improvements our region needs to squeeze the full value out of it, like getting the Ely railway junction bottleneck sorted.

‘Just this morning I pressed the Huw Merriman for a commitment to progress improvements at Ely Junction, and will continue to do so until the job is done.’

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