Cambridge Science Park Station
- Cambridge Science Park Station and transport links
- Foot and cycle bridge between Abbey and Chesterton
- Cambridge Station Busway lighting
Cambridge Science Park Station and transport links
Cambridge Science Park Station will be a new railway station in the north of Cambridge, close to the Science Park, St John's Innovation Centre and Cambridge Business Park.
Planning permission has been granted to build the railway station, a direct bus link from the Busway to the station and foot and cycleways to nearby roads.
The maps below shows the location of the new busway and station area.
Start of works for the Busway link to the new station
Construction of the Busway link to the railway station is due to start in July 2014.
Most of the work will take place away from public roads. However, the existing junction with the Busway on Milton Road needs to be altered to enable buses to cross straight over Milton Road.
From 1 July contractors will start preparation works on Milton Road at the junction with the Busway. To minimise disruption to traffic, these early works will take place over 5 nights from 9pm to 6am. Throughout construction noise will be kept to a minimum.
From the end of July road works will take place during the day. Milton Road will always be open for two-way traffic during the road works. Cones and barriers will be used to create a safe working area and road traffic might be diverted onto the bus lanes.
Access to the construction site will be via Cowley Road and the future station area.
The cycleway underpass
During construction the cycleway underpass alongside Milton Road will be closed for safety reasons, between Cambridge Business Park and Dencora Business Centre. Cyclists will still be able use the cycleway on the other side of Milton Road. Traffic lights for crossing Milton Road are near the junctions with Lovell Road and Cowley Road/Science Park.
The timescales given below are indicative and may be subject to change:
- Preparation works: July 2014
- Road works on Milton Road: July 2014 to March 2015
- Closure of cycleway underpass: July 2014 to February 2015
- Construction complete: March 2015
The Department for Transport granted £6 million to be spent on building new and improving the existing transport links to the station by March 2015. The station itself will be funded separately from this.
Network Rail is delivering the new railway station and infrastructure in the station area, including car parks, cycle parking and bus stops.
The County Council is responsible for delivering the new Busway link to the new station which connects to Milton Road and cycleways to nearby roads like Cowley Road and Nuffield road. Balfour Beatty is the contractor building the Busway.
The planning permission also includes:
- a new station building, platforms, and other rail infrastructure to be used by around 3,000 passengers a day
- public space, pedestrian and cycle access routes
- cycle parking for 1000 cycles
- a taxi drop-off and pick-up area
- a 450 space car park with disabled and short stay parking
Local Liaison Forum
A Local Liaison Forum has been established which will meet regularly during the construction of the station. The forum recently discussed busway lighting and will meet again to discuss various other issues including landscaping around the Station site.
The main purpose of the Local Liaison Forum is to facilitate communication and understanding between interested parties. It provides an informal forum for representatives of interest groups to:
- give an update on progress
- discuss any matters arising, and
- get questions answered
- Local Liaison Forum 14 July 2014 (184kb)
- Local Liaison Forum 9 June 2014 (196kb)
- Local Liaison Forum Meeting (PDF, 71kb)
Aims of the Local Liaison Forum
- Maintain liaison and rapport between the local community, site contractor, Cambridgeshire County Council and other local councils.
- Develop lines of communication between the local community, site contractor and councils, so that issues and concerns can be addressed directly and efficiently.
- Provide a forum for discussion and, where possible, a resolution of problems.
- Provide a means of communicating progress on the site, through site visits and discussion of regulatory bodies’ monitoring of the site and the operators compliance with the approved scheme of operations as detailed in the planning permissions).
- Provide an opportunity to inform interested parties of any new proposals, or any submissions to amend or vary the approved project.
- Provide a forum to discuss particular aspects of the operation and where appropriate invite participation by specialist bodies.