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Plans submitted for new station at Soham

Network Rail has submitted a planning application to East Cambridgeshire District Council for permission to build a new station at Soham, on the Ely to Newmarket line.

The application seeks permission to build the station following the announcement in September 2019 for a £18.6 million funding package from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

Reconnecting Soham to the rail network will provide residents and local businesses with better connections and support more investment as part of the Council’s vision for the wider area.

The application covers:

  • Construction of a single 102 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.

Subject to gaining the consent required, the construction for the station is currently planned to begin later this year and is expected to be completed in spring 2022.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia said: ‘I am excited that we are taking this next step to make Soham station a reality in partnership with the Combined Authority. Providing a new station will re-establish that relationship with the Soham community that was lost in the 1960s and I can’t wait to forge a new future together for the benefit of Soham.’

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

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Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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