MP joins forces with City Council chief to campaign to connect new railway station
Daniel Zeichner MP has joined forces with Cllr Lewis Herbert, Labour Leader of Cambridge City Council, to campaign for the Cross Country service between Peterborough and Stansted to stop at the new Cambridge North railway station.
Current plans agreed by Network Rail mean travellers will need to change at Ely in the direction of Peterborough and Cambridge in the direction of Stansted.
Timetables will next be reviewed in December 2017.
Thousands of passengers are expected to move through Cambridge’s first new railway station in over 170 years as commuters north of the river will not need to travel to the existing railway station, reducing congestion in and around the city centre. Cambridge Science Park will also be better connected to the railway network.
Work on the £50m station began in 2015 and Network Rail bosses say it will open in May.
Daniel Zeichner said: “The arrival of the new Chesterton railway station should reduce the level of congestion in the city centre by relieving the roads connecting Station Road. Once the railway timetable is reviewed again in December 2017, I will be pressing the Government to realise Cambridge North’s potential as a strategic hub for the benefit of both our city and the sub-region.”
Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council said: “The opening of Cambridge North station is a massive bonus for local residents and workers based in north Cambridge but we need a continuing increase in the trains stopping there and I will be working with Daniel, the City Deal and the new incoming Mayor to persuade Cross Country and other train operating companies.
“One of our core aims from devolution is sharing Cambridge’s prosperity with our wider sub-region and that includes making it far easier for key workers to travel to and from Cambridge by train from affordable housing near rail stations across Cambridgeshire and beyond."
The following services will be stopping at Cambridge North from May 2017:
- Greater Anglia: Norwich to Cambridge (hourly)
- Greater Anglia: London Liverpool Street to Cambridge North (hourly)
- Great Northern: King’s Cross to Ely (hourly)
- Great Northern: King’s Cross to Cambridge North (hourly)
The King’s Lynn 8-car scheme currently under development will allow for additional services because, at present, King’s Lynn services are too overloaded to accommodate extra passengers at Cambridge North during peak hours.
MP for the City of Cambridge constituency.