Construction work has begun on the main building at the new Cambridge North station, ahead of its planned opening in May 2017.
The platforms and two lift shafts are now in place at the site of the £50 million station, which will serve the city’s science park and St John’s Innovation Centre.
Cambridge North is expected to cater for 3,000 passengers a day, alleviating pressure on Cambridge station where people currently leave the train to continue their onward journey to the science and business parks by bus.
Once completed the station will have three platforms, parking for 450 vehicles and 1,000 cycles, and solar panels that will provide 10% of the station’s energy needs.
Helen Warnock, Network Rail’s area director for West Anglia, said: “Cambridgeshire’s newest station is now really beginning to take shape and is set to transform the way people travel around the city of Cambridge next year, giving passengers better connections and journey times and access to the business and science parks by rail.”
- For more on the new station, read an in-depth feature in RAIL 808, published on August 31.