Cambridge North welcomes more than a quarter of a million passengers during its first year

Friday, 18 May 2018

East Anglia’s newest railway station has welcomed 320,000 people during its first year.

Cambridge North station, which opened on May 21, 2017, has been used by more than 6,000 people a week on average in its first year.

It is now seeing more than 10,000 passengers a week, ahead of Greater Anglia’s growth targets.

And as the station celebrates its first birthday, Greater Anglia has announced further good news for commuters – a Costa coffee shop is due to open soon.

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia’s Managing Director, said: “We are very pleased Cambridge North is proving popular with passengers with more than a quarter of a million passengers using it during its first year.

“Cambridge is a growing city and a second railway station really helps. Cambridge North is perfectly situated for the science and research parks.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Costa Coffee to the station in a few weeks’ time.”

The station has three platforms with regular, direct services to Norwich, London Liverpool Street, London King’s Cross and is served by Greater Anglia and Great Northern, with more Great Northern services due to call there from next week, enabling direct services to Kings Lynn, too.

In the 12 months that it has been open, 12% of the station’s energy has been created by the solar panels on the roof of the cycle park.

Built by Network Rail and designed by Cambridgeshire County Council, the design incorporates Cambridge’s hi-tech heritage, with cladding using the Game of Life pattern by Cambridge mathematician John Conway.

The station gardens and tubs are tended to by one of Greater Anglia’s newest station adopter – Colin Benson, who volunteers his time to help care for the station.

Trains began serving the station on 21 May 2017, followed by a formal opening ceremony with the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling on 7 August 2017.

The station has 450 car park spaces – over 12,000 square metres – the size of two football pitches – and 1000 spaces for cycle parking.