New station for Cambridgeshire village given green light

Soham station given go ahead Credit: Network Rail

Plans to build a new railway station in a Cambridgeshire town have been given the go ahead.

Soham railway station is expected to be completed by in spring 2022 with Greater Anglia services starting to call at the new station shortly afterwards.

Soham station car park Credit: Network Rail

The new station at Soham will include:

  • Construction of a single 99 metre platform to accommodate four car train services including waiting shelters, lighting, information screens and a public address system,

  • Installation of a stepped footbridge across the railway to connect to an existing public right of way, designed for any future installation of lifts for a potential second platform for any scheme.

  • Construction of a drop off point and a car park to accommodate 50 vehicles and five spaces for blue badge holders, as well as lighting masts.

  • Cycle parking and ticket vending machines on the station forecourt.

With the consent now confirmed, this will mark an important new chapter for Soham providing more choice for people to travel and offering better connectivity to regional destinations. I am thrilled that, working in partnership with the Combined Authority and Mayor James Palmer, we can now reconnect Soham to the rail network which will deliver significant benefits for the local community when complete.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia

Soham has been without a railway link since the station there was scrapped in the 1960s, and trains will pass through from Ely and Ipswich.

The station is expected to cost around £21 million pounds, with some of the funding coming from the local council and the combined authority in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Soham station plans given go ahead Credit: Network Rail

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's Mayor said: “Soham Station’s example has the potential to unlock even more opportunities for better rail in the county.”