East West Railway Company has recently announced further consultation on the detailed route alignment for the proposed brand new investment in Oxford to Cambridge public transport, within the previously announced Route E corridor, setting out five potential options. There are five route alignment options within 'Section D' for where the new rail line might go with Route Alignment 1 as the 'emerging preference', which includes a new St Neots South train station.
The already chosen corridor Route E was collectively championed as the best option by Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC), Bedford Borough Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council. That decision was the result of strong and deliberate collaborative work across all four councils to provide East West Rail with the context and data to make that decision that results in the greatest potential for future success and ambition of our district. The new detailed alignments include options for a new St Neots South station and related infrastructure, in addition to the existing station in the town.
The new proposed 'emerging preference' route option would bring faster and better long-term connectivity to communities between Bedford and Cambridge and other benefits, including:
- joined up infrastructure – benefiting from the proposed A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Improvement Scheme
- new housing and communities
- economic growth – alongside the development of new housing, a new station could bring economic growth to the community, creating more jobs and prosperity.
Corporate Director for Place at HDC, Nigel McCurdy, said: "The further detail on route alignment, and ongoing focus upon options for new station provision close to St Neots is welcome confirmation of the real recognition and potential to secure greater transport choices and unlock greater prosperity to all parts of Huntingdonshire, a choice that is best suited to our residents and businesses.
"We have already worked tirelessly with our neighbouring councils to make the economic opportunity case overall for Route E, and we will continue to advocate for the alignment that directly provides the best future outcome, opportunities, and network links to our district that a new station to the south of St Neots will bring. The new station provision will create a gateway connection between our district’s largest market town and the neighbouring economic development areas. Working hard again to champion an alignment that best secures the future success of Huntingdonshire its environmental quality and the important wider links across the OxCam ARC and beyond.
"The route options also make maximum use of existing infrastructure corridors, meaning that the impact on our precious countryside will be limited. Huntingdonshire is in an area of high economic growth, the further news of these alignment details and investment in major infrastructure is one key project that will help to support our existing communities and businesses with planned and future growth."
The East West Rail project is one predicated on the connection of Oxford to Cambridgeshire via a direct line, to nurture growth and prosperity throughout the OxCam Arc. In doing so, there is widespread opportunity for infrastructure development within the connected areas and improvements to local public transport services.
The route that the five options are set within (Route E), travels from Bedford Midland station to Cambridge including two new stations, one to be constructed in Cambourne and one to the south of St Neots or north of Tempsford.
For more information visit East West Rail.