Cambridge North station opens for service

Cambridge North station opened to passengers yesterday, and will now serve Cambridge’s science and business parks as well as the suburbs and villages north of the city centre.

Trains operated by Greater Anglia on the Cambridge to London Liverpool Street and Cambridge to Norwich routes will run through the new three-platform station.

At first, four Greater Anglia trains an hour will stop at the station – two in each direction – before a new direct Norwich to Stansted Airport service is introduced in 2019.

And Great Northern trains will have two services per hour to London King’s Cross, of which one will be a stopping train starting at Cambridge North and the other will be a fast train on the new Ely to London fast service.

The new fleet of modernised Class 387 air-conditioned trains will also be running on Great Northern services on the Cambridge – King’s Lynn Fen Line. Cambridge North is also fitted with a 1,000-space cycle park and a car park for 450 cars.

“This is great news for Greater Anglia and for Cambridge,” said Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director. “The existing station at Cambridge is one of our busiest stations. This station should relieve some of the pressure on it.

“It takes about 30 minutes to drive from Cambridge station to Cambridge North, but just six minutes by train, so it should be a great boost to people commuting to work in the science park, or for people commuting from northern suburbs or villages.”

Burles added that the station had a “fantastic design,” which incorporated Cambridge’s innovative heritage, and was one of the most environmentally friendly on the network.

“Cambridge is a thriving city and this station will help to make rail travel even more attractive, as well as supporting the continued growth of the local economy,” he said.

Bob Menzies, service director strategy and development for Cambridgeshire County Council, concluded: “We developed a design in partnership with Network Rail that integrated all the local transport into the new station. We very much see it as an integrated transport hub.

“It had to function well as a railway station, be reasonably economical to build but also resonate with Cambridge. I think that it will come to be a bit of a landmark.”

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Andrew Gwilt   22/05/2017 at 16:17

What about other new railway stations in the East that are planned/proposed to be built and opened including Beaulieu (northeast Chelmsford), Cambridge South (for Addenbrooks Hospital), Clacton North for Clacton Outlet Shopping Village) and other new railway stations in the U.K that are planned for opening/re-opening.

Andrew G   22/05/2017 at 16:22

Could Stansted Express provide the Norwich-Stansted Airport service or is it Greater Anglia to provide the Norwich-Stansted Airport service. Also Crosscountry trains will not stop at the new Cambridge North station as those trains will pass through but to stop at Cambridge mainline station.

Ryan   22/05/2017 at 17:11

Andrew, this is an article specifically about Cambridge North. Stansted Express is just a brand and not a separate TOC.

Andrew G   22/05/2017 at 22:46

Thanks Ryan.

G Britain   23/05/2017 at 12:14

I have my reservations about breaking with tradition and calling the station north of Chelmsford Beaulieu. It should be called Isandlawana.

Jerry Alderson   27/05/2017 at 15:06

I must hand it to Jamie Burles, doing a 14-hour stint at the station (07:30 to 19:30) to talk to the media, customers and staff was impressive. We chatted both in the morning and the evening. The railway has proved that it has become so technologically complex in the last few years that it really struggles when change management is not followed properly. The TVMs in the Cambridge area (and al lthe way to King's Lynn) now have serious problems because they do not fully understand the new station, and this has prevented a wide variety of tickets from being sold. You can't event get a TrravelCard from Cambridge North to London. Prior to the statiom opening the network card discounts vanished because Cambridge North was not defined as being in the network area so any journey passing through it went into no-man's land and was no loinger eligible for a discount. Fortunately that was resolved before the timetable change. GA's Norwich-Cambridge trains didn't know about the station so it did not appear in the list of station stops. Great Northern's new Class 387s use GPS to detemrine where stations are. As Cambridge North was not recorded in the train's database it would not let the driver open the doors in the middle of nowhere (or on the wrong side - as CSDE is used). This means the driver has to do an door override, which takes about 30 seconds to release the doors after the train has arrived. Such simple changes should be possilbe to either download to all trains overnight or the data should be timestamped so that it can be downloaded in advance and cone into effect on the day. This morning I spoke to a couple who were charged £5 today (Saturday) by the mobile app to park even though it costs £3 at weekends and bank holidays. Technology only works if it is managed properly.

Andrew JG   29/05/2017 at 20:16

So (GTR) Great Northern and (Abellio) Greater Anglia trains will stop at Cambridge North and sometimes terminates at Cambridge North coming to & from London Liverpool St or to & from London King's Cross. Whilst Arriva Crosscountry trains pass through Cambridge North but do stop at Cambridge operating on the CX Stansted Airport-Nottingham/Manchester Piccadilly/Birmingham New Street routes. Unless some of Crosscountry trains may stop at Cambridge North (as a limited stop/peak hours).

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