£18.6m combined authority funding package to reopen town’s station


Proposals for a new railway station in Soham have taken a step forward with the submission of an application to East Cambridgeshire District Council for permission to build the station.

Network Rail is seeking permitted development rights to build the station following the announcement in September 2019 for a £18.6m funding package from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

The new station will feature a single platform capable of accommodating four-car trains and passive provision for a second platform. There will also be a 50-space car park, cycle parking and ticket vending machines on the station forecourt.

Soham’s station closed in the 1960s as part of the Beeching cuts and the CA says connecting the town to the rail network will provide residents and local businesses with better connections and support more investment as part of the Council’s vision for the wider area.

“We’re here to deliver growth and this station will supercharge the whole local economy, reducing pressure and pollution on the A142, improving connections to Ely, Bury St Edmunds and beyond, giving residents wider access to jobs as well as opening Soham for business and tourism, and attracting further investment,” said James Palmer, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ‘metro mayor’. “We’re funding this project and I will keep pushing for the earliest possible delivery.”

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