- Date 24 Jun 2014
Cambridge Science Park Station will be a new railway station in the north of Cambridge, close to the Science Park, St John’s Innovation Centre and Cambridge Business Park.
Planning permission has now been granted to build the new railway station, a direct bus link from the Busway to the station and foot and cycleways to nearby roads.
The station itself and the infrastructure in the station area (including car parks, cycle parking and bus stops) will be built by Network Rail.
Cambridgeshire County Council will build the transport links to the station, including a new Busway from Milton Road and pedestrian and cycle links.
The new Busway link
The new Busway will link the existing Busway from Milton Road to the new station. This Busway will be a bus only road with guided sections at the entrance and exit. As with the existing Busway, there will also be a track alongside it, which can be used by cyclists and pedestrians.
Buses will be able to cross straight over Milton Road.
What is happening now?
Construction of the Busway link to the new railway station is due to start in July 2014. Most of the work will take place away from public roads. However, the existing junction with the Busway on Milton Road needs to be altered to enable buses to cross straight over Milton Road.
From 1 July contractors will start preparation works on Milton Road at the junction with the Busway. To minimise disruption to traffic, these early works will take place over five nights from 9pm to 6am. Throughout construction noise will be kept to a minimum.
From mid July the works will then start in earnest and road works will take place during the day. Milton Road will always be open for two-way traffic during the road works. Cones and barriers will be used to create a safe working area and road traffic might be diverted onto the bus lanes.
Access to the construction site will be via Cowley Road and the future station area.
The cycleway underpass
During construction the cycleway underpass alongside Milton Road will need to be closed for safety reasons, between Cambridge Business Park and Dencora Business Centre. Cyclists will still be able use the cycleway on the other side of Milton Road. Traffic lights for crossing Milton Road are near the junctions with Lovell Road and Cowley Road/Science Park.
How long will it take to build the Busway?
Please note the timescales are indicative and may be subject to change:
- Preparation works July 2014
- Road works on Milton Road July 2014 – March 2015
- Closure of cycleway underpass July 2014 – February 2015
- Construction complete March 2015
However, the Council will keep people informed of progress.
Network Rail is delivering the new railway station and infrastructure in the station area, including car parks, cycle parking and bus stops.
The County Council is responsible for delivering the new Busway link to the new station which connects to Milton Road and cycleways to nearby roads like Cowley Road and Nuffield road.
Balfour Beatty is the County Council’s contractor to build the Busway.
How are we paying for this?
The Department for Transport granted £6 million to be spent on building new and improving the existing transport links to the station by March 2015. The station itself will be funded separately from this.