Passenger numbers soar at Cambridge North rail hub
A surge in passenger numbers at the new Cambridge North rail station and new services coming on board in the next couple of years could fast-track more relocations of businesses into the immediate area, the operator believes.
Greater Anglia says more than 75,000 people have used the station since it opened in May, with almost 5,000 people passing through during the week commencing September 24 – the most yet and almost double that of its opening week.
Greater Anglia says the figures are continuing to grow above target expectations since the station opened on 21 May 2017, boosting access to Cambridge Business park, which was previously only accessed by road.
The operator believes the station will also encourage new businesses to the area in the future as well as facilitate he expansion of Cambridge Science Park and St John’s Innovation Park.
Four trains an hour serve the three-platform station, two in each direction - one departure to London, one arrival from London, one Cambridge to Norwich service and one Norwich to Cambridge service.
Four Great Northern trains per hour serve 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.
In 2019, a new direct Greater Anglia Norwich to Stansted Airport service will be introduced, stopping at Cambridge North, when the company brings in a complete fleet of new trains for all services on every route on its network during 2019-20.
The station has 450 parking spaces and 1,000 cycle spaces. The cycle shelter incorporates solar panels that provide up to 10 per cent of the station’s power. Local cycle routes connect with the new station.
Greater Anglia’s managing director, Jamie Burles, said: “We’re delighted that Cambridge North is proving popular beyond our initial expectations and that it is benefiting residents and local businesses alike, opening up new journey opportunities in the north east of Cambridge.”
• Cambridge North railway station image by Cmglee - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59407797