Soham Station Gateway

Location

The Soham Masterplan Vision identified the western gateway of the town as a huge opportunity to improve connectivity and strengthen the town centre through the reopening of the railway station. The concept was strongly backed in each stage of the Soham Masterplan Vision consultation from both residents and businesses.

The Soham Masterplan Vision identified the western gateway of the town as a huge opportunity to improve connectivity and strengthen the town centre through the reopening of the railway station. The concept was strongly backed in each stage of the Soham Masterplan Vision consultation from both residents and businesses.

Soham railway station was opened on the 1st September 1879 on the Ely to Newmarket Line. The station was destroyed on 2nd June 1944, when a munitions train caught fire and exploded. Although the line remains the station was closed down on 13th September 1965.

East Cambridgeshire District Council commissioned Network Rail to investigate the feasibility of building a new station at Soham. This study also assessed whether the current railway line running through Soham, which is covered by a two hourly service between Ipswich and Peterborough, could support the additional stop at Soham and if this service could become hourly in the future.

Demand modelling work has also been undertaken over the last 18 months to assess station patronage and if the number of users would be commercially viable for a rail operator. The most recent study undertaken by Atkins suggested that a new rail station at Soham could generate up to an additional £490,000 per annum for the rail operator if an hourly service was in place with improved connection times at Ely station for onward travel to Cambridge.

Next steps

The next stage is the development of a business case for the funding of the projected £6m capital cost of building the station and the provision of additional services along the route. The business case will be developed over the coming months with a view to submitting this to the Department for Transport by the end of 2013.

For further information; please email Darren Hill, Business Development Manager darren.hill@eastcambs.gov.uk or telephone 01353 665 555