Transport minister Chris Grayling in Cambridgeshire to officially open Cambridge North rail station
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Transport Minister Chris Grayling unveiled a plaque at Cambridgeshire’s newest station today (Monday 7 August) to officially mark its opening. It opened to passengers in May.
Network Rail hope the station will encourage new businesses to the area in the future as well as aid the expansion of Science Park and St John’s Innovation Centre.
The station has three platforms which serve trains operated by Greater Anglia on the Cambridge to London Liverpool Street and Cambridge to Norwich routes. There are currently four Greater Anglia trains an hour, two in each direction.
Great Northern trains also stop at the station, with two trains per hour to London King’s Cross, of which one is a stopping train starting at Cambridge North and one a fast train per hour on the new Ely to London fast service off peak.
The exterior of the building and footbridge incorporates a pattern based on a mathematical theory called the Game of Life by Cambridge mathematician John Conway.
Mr Grayling said: “We are committed to making journeys across this region quicker and easier, as soon as possible. The new station is already contributing to that.
“East West Rail is at the heart of that transformation and can be a critical part of our plans to make this region the UK’s own Silicon Valley, a world renowned centre for science and innovation.”
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Jamie Burles, managing director, Greater Anglia said: “We’re grateful to our partners at Network Rail, the Department for Transport, Cambridgeshire County Council and Great Northern for their work with us in developing, funding and operating the station.”
In 2019, a new direct Greater Anglia Norwich to Stansted Airport service will be introduced, stopping at Cambridge North, when the company brings in new trains across every route on its network during 2019-20. A coffee shop and retail unit will open soon in the main station concourse.
Funded by the Department for Transport and developed by Network Rail in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge North station provides an alternative connection point for commuters in the north east of the city and provides improved access and journey times for passengers.
Nick Brown, chief operating officer, Govia Thameslink Railway, said: “With two Great Northern trains an hour from King’s Cross to the new station, it’s never been easier for companies from the UK and across the globe to do business at the renowned Cambridge Business Park.
“Our service will support the wider economic growth of Cambridgeshire by attracting commercial and residential development to the area.”