Cambridge North railway station

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34 mile (1.2 km) away and, in any event, Trinity College, which owns the Science Park, had not come out in support. [35] By contrast, St John's Innovation Centre was closer and landowners, including the Crown Estate, had been lobbying to have the station named "The Business Park". [35]


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The station just before opening

It was intended that the interior fit-out of the station take place between October 2016 and February 2017. On New Year's Eve 2016, new signalling and a crossover for the bay platform was installed. [36] The infrastructure was authorised for passenger use by April 2017 and the station's opening and first timetabled passenger services went ahead on 21 May 2017. [2] [36] Approximately 320,000 passengers used the station in its first 12 months of operation. [37]


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Cambridge North railway station platforms in May 2017

The original design for the station was submitted by Atkins; this was revised by Network Rail when it became the principal contractor. [38] [39] Network Rail updated the car park's design to maximise its potential as a park and ride facility. [39]

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Detail of cladding viewed from overbridge

The facilities comprise a 450-square-metre (4,800 sq ft) station building comprising a passenger waiting area, toilets, ticket office, retail and amenity space, and staff accommodation. [40] An overbridge links the building with two 254-metre (833 ft) platforms capable of accommodating 12-car trains. [36] The easternmost platform faces the up line of the Fen Line, while the second platform is an island platform with the down Fen Line on one side and a south-facing bay platform on the other. [36] Two relaid freight lines for Lafarge run next to the bay platform. [36]

Interchange facilities are provided in the form of a 450-space car park, a cycle space for 1,000 bikes, new pedestrian and vehicular access from Cowley Road and a 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) extension of the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway from Milton Road. [21] [27] [40] [36] [41] The Cambridge Cycling Campaign published their proposals for integration of the new station with cycling and pedestrian facilities in November 2012. [42] The cycle park canopy is fitted with solar panels generating 49 kWp or roughly 10% of the station's power needs.[ citation needed ]

The cladding of the building features a pierced design derived from Rule 30, [43] a cellular automaton introduced by Stephen Wolfram in 1983.

Abbey-Chesterton Bridge

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The cycle and pedestrian Abbey-Chesterton Bridge, with the railway bridge behind

On 23rd December 2021, the Abbey-Chesterton Bridge over the River Cam opened, providing cycle and pedestrian access to the station from the Abbey district of Cambridge and from Fen Ditton. The bridge is part of the Chisholm Trail, a footpath and cycle route linking Cambridge Science Park with Addenbrookes Hospital and Cambridge Biomedical Campus in the south of the city. [44] The bridge provides pedestrian access the Abbey Stadium, Cambridge United Football Club's home ground.


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Cambridge North railway station ticket barriers with lists of connections on the screens behind

Services at Cambridge North are operated by Great Northern and Greater Anglia using Class 387 and 720 EMUs and Class 755 bi-mode trains.

The typical off-peak service in trains per hour is: [45]

During the peak hours, the services to London King's Cross call additionally at Royston and Letchworth Garden City and the northbound services to Ely are extended to King's Lynn.

The station is also served by a single peak hour service between London Liverpool Street and King's Lynn, operated by Greater Anglia.

Cambridge North
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Night view of Cambridge North railway station building in May 2017
General information
Location Chesterton, South Cambridgeshire
Managed by Greater Anglia
Other information
Station codeCMB
Key dates
21 May 2017 [1] Opened
2017/18    0.489 million
Preceding station National Rail logo.svg National Rail Following station
Great Northern
Greater Anglia
Peak Hours Only
Greater Anglia Terminus
Greater Anglia
Peak Hours Only

See also

Cambridge South railway station, proposed new station in the south of Cambridge.

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