After a number of years of ifs, whens and maybes we received the exciting news of a new train station to the north of the city. If all goes to plan commuters could be using the station in 2016.
The £30 million new railway station will be built at Chesterton sidings, close to the Science Park, Business Park and St John’s Innovation Centre, making the north Cambridge area an even more attractive location for businesses, helping boost the local economy.
The process has been quicker than in 1844, when after 19 years of debate the position of Cambridge’s first station was agreed. It is reputed the University of Cambridge preferred the station to be on the edge of the city as the rumbling train carriages laden with animals going to market would disturb the students! Soon after the famous Cambridge Cattle Markets traded for close to 100 years on what is now the Cambridge Leisure Park.
The new station will help balance out the north/south divide in Cambridge and will undoubtedly have a positive impact on property values. The rail services will provide direct links to London King’s Cross, London Liverpool Street, Norwich and King’s Lynn, as well as connecting into the national rail network, with commuters living to the north of the city no longer having to travel into the city centre station. The station will also have connection facilities for public transport, including an extension to the Guided Busway.
This is great news for Cambridge and is only going to strengthen the already robust property market.