East Anglia’s newest railway station now open
The newest railway station in East Anglia is now open and set to boost the economy and ease congestion in Cambridge.
Greater Anglia’s Cambridge North station opened on Sunday (21 May), with train enthusiasts and locals making history together on the first trains into and out of the station.
The striking landmark station serves Cambridge science and business parks and the suburbs and villages north of Cambridge city centre.
The three-platform station serves trains operated by Greater Anglia on the Cambridge to London Liverpool Street and Cambridge to Norwich routes. Fares include Greater Anglia advance purchase Cambridge North to London single tickets from £7.
Initially four Greater Anglia trains an hour, will serve the station, two in each direction - one service to London, one arrival from London, one Cambridge to Norwich service and one Norwich to Cambridge service.
In 2019, a new direct Greater Anglia Norwich to Stansted Airport service will be introduced, stopping at Cambridge North, when the company brings in all new trains across every route on its network during 2019-20.
Four Great Northern trains per hour serve the station, with two trains per hour to London King’s Cross, of which one is a stopping train starting at Cambridge North and one a fast train per hour on the new Ely to London fast service off peak. This is slightly different in the morning and evening peaks.
Today Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia Managing Director, welcomed Keith Jipps, Great Northern Infrastructure Director to the station who travelled to Cambridge North in one of Great Northern’s new modern air-conditioned trains which replaced the old fleet on the Cambridge to King’s Lynn Fen Line from yesterday (Sunday 21 May).
Cambridge North has a 1,000-space cycle park and a car park for 450 cars. It is also served by the Cambridge guided bus service and local buses.
Local cycle routes connect with the new station and it is within easy reach of the A14 and A10.
The station is expected to ease congestion, both on the roads in the city and for passengers using the existing Cambridge rail station.
There are three ticket machines, a coffee shop and another retail unit – both opening soon - in the main station concourse and airport-style waiting rooms on each platform.
All the latest green technology has been used in building the station, including solar panels which provide up to ten per cent of the station’s power.
Metal cladding on the outside of the building and footbridge incorporates a pattern based on a mathematical theory called the Game of Life by Cambridge mathematician John Conway.
Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia Managing Director, said: “This is great news for Greater Anglia and for Cambridge. The existing station at Cambridge is one of our busiest stations. This station should relieve some of the pressure on it. It takes about 30 minutes to drive from Cambridge station to Cambridge North, but just six minutes by train, so it should be a great boost to people commuting to work in the science park, or for people commuting from northern suburbs or villages.”
“It’s a fantastic design, incorporating Cambridge’s innovative heritage, and one of the most environmentally-friendly stations on the network. Cambridge is a thriving city and this station will help to make rail travel even more attractive, as well as supporting the continued growth of the local economy. I’m looking forward to seeing it open.”
Bob Menzies, service director strategy and development for Cambridgeshire County Council, said:
“We developed a design in partnership with Network Rail that integrated all the local transport into the new station. We very much see it as an integrated transport hub.
“It had to function well as a railway station, be reasonably economical to build but also resonate with Cambridge. I think that it will come to be a bit of a landmark.”