Call for entrepreneurs to pitch at Cambridge rail station

Thursday, 12 July 2018

A scheme to install new power supplies for market stalls and new lighting has been completed at Cambridge rail station.

Greater Anglia has installed new external power supplies that will serve the pedestrian area to accommodate pop up market stalls and independent traders.

Greater Anglia’s Asset Management Director, Simone Bailey, said, “Cambridge has a lot of fantastic independent retailers and artisans and, as the second busiest rail station in East Anglia, the station is a great place for them to showcase their products. Anyone wishing to hire space at the station can find out more on our website.”

In addition, 24 ‘uplighters’ have been installed in the floor at the front of the station building to highlight its recently refurbished roundels.

Greater Anglia recently won the MTR Crossrail Award for Urban Heritage and National Railway Heritage Awards for its work to return the station building to its former glory, including painstakingly restoring 32 ornate college roundels on the station’s façade, cleaning and repairing damaged brickwork and tidying up unsightly cabling and surface pipes.

The station’s 32 beautiful roundels represent the coats of arms of Cambridge University’s colleges, and local dignitaries from when the station opened in 1845.

Work to carefully restore the mouldings, removal of the redundant cabling and repairing of damaged brickwork on the Grade II listed station cost £250K and took a year to complete, involving detailed research to ensure the correct colours were used, hand cleaning of fragile parts, careful repainting and the application of 23½ carat gold leaf.

The work was carried out on behalf of the train operator by CIS Services limited (cabling) and Stonewest Heritage consultants and the specialist heritage division of Alfred Bagnall &sons (roundels). This work was funded by a grant from the Railway Heritage Trust.