Councillors are due to discuss giving the green light to the building of transport links for the much needed Cambridge Science Park Station which will see 3,000 passengers a day.

Cambridgeshire County Councillors will discuss at the Cabinet meeting on April 15 plans to build a busway to the new station as well as cycle and pedestrian links.

Government announced in December a £6 million fund to help deliver these much needed measures.

The report outlines how the Department for Transport and Network Rail intend to build the station and pick up the associated costs of the scheme.

This follows the County Council launching the project and demonstrating how the new station would be self-financing bring around £5 million in new rail income a year.

The Council will then be responsible for the building of the cycle, pedestrian and bus access to the site so that the station is integrated into the local transport network. The interchange at the new station will provide access onto the wider public transport and highway network. It will enable travellers to switch between all modes of transport with access for pedestrians, cyclists, bus users, car drivers, passengers, and rail users. The interchange will be linked into the existing Busway, including the pedestrian and cycle routes.

The money will be spent on a range of measures, including cycle links such as along Cowley Road and the those from Nuffield Road onto the Busway cycleway. These latter will create a new route from East Chesterton to Science Park and Cambridge Regional College avoiding the Golden Hind junction on Milton Road.

A consultation will be held on plans for the cycle and pedestrians links to the station area.

The money will also pay for the Busway route into the station from Milton Road. The new Busway section will provide a similar high quality ride standard as set for the existing Cambridge to St Ives Busway. Although whether this new section will be guided is still to be determined.

These measures are part of the overall station plans that have been through extensive public consultation and this money will allow their early delivery ahead of the main station works. If given the go ahead it is planned to have these built in 2015 ready for the station to open in 2016.

The new station will be on the main line between Cambridge and Ely and is expected to be served by direct trains running to London Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, Norwich and King's Lynn. As well as connecting into the national rail network, trains may also be available to Stansted Airport and Birmingham.

The scheme will include:
"¢ a new station building, platforms, and other rail infrastructure to be used by around 3,000 passengers a day
"¢ the extension of the Busway from Milton Road to the station as well as linking to the new town of Northstowe
"¢ 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.

Cambridgeshire County Council Leader Martin Curtis, said: "The station received huge support at public consultation with 90% of respondents supporting the proposal in principle. This Cabinet decision is the next step in delivering this much needed station which will help boost jobs and the economy as well as linking into the existing transport network. The funding we have received from Government is a reflection of the confidence they have in this scheme and business case we have put together."


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