Cambridge named ‘Station of the Year’
Cambridge rail station has been crowned ‘Station of the Year’ at the National Transport Awards 2017.
The award comes after train operator, Greater Anglia, carried out a £4 million transformation in partnership with Network Rail, Brookgate, Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, as part of the CB1 development project to regenerate and modernise this part of the city.
The redevelopment station included a complete refurbishment of the ticket hall which has seen it double in size, creating more space during busy periods, an extended gateline enabling easier access to and from the platforms, open plan counter service with more ticket windows, additional ticket vending machines and improvements to the customer information screens.
In addition, the waiting rooms have been redecorated and new toilet facilities built, including a new disabled access toilet with baby change facility. A state of the art cycle parking facility, the biggest in the UK, was also opened at the station.
At the same time, the new Station Square, built by developer, Brookgate, which surrounds the station has provided station users with a range of quality food and retail options and a new Ibis hotel, creating opportunities to eat, drink, shop and socialise.
Better access has also been created at the front of the station for buses, taxis, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
Cambridge Station also beat off competition from Birmingham International, Derby and Ipswich stations last month to win Large Station of the Year at the National Rail Awards.
Paul Stannard, Greater Anglia’s Area Customer Service Manager for Cambridge said, “I’m delighted that Cambridge has been named Station of the Year. The work that has been done here has transformed the station and its surroundings, and has helped to ease congestion, making our customers’ lives a little easier when they travel with us.”
Cambridge station is one of the busiest stations on Greater Anglia’s West Anglia network and accommodates some 4.4 million passengers annually.