Cambridge South could provide a railway station for Addenbrooke’s Hospital
The proposed Cambridge South could provide Addenbrooke's Hospital with a railway station for the first time - but it is unlikely to connect to Bury St Edmunds.
Network Rail is about to hold a series of consultations for their plans to build the depot on one of three possible sites near Trumpington - around three miles to the city centre's south.
The transport body says the purpose will be to serve the biomedical campus there, which contains Addenbrooke's and Royal Papworth hospitals.
At present, patients who have appointments at the hospital need to change at Cambridge central station and catch a bus.
Network Rail, who begin consultations on Monday, January 20, has said trains could run to Cambridge South from London Liverpool Street, London Kings Cross, Peterborough, Cambridge North, Ely and Stansted Airport.
Cambridge South will be on the mainline between Cambridge and Royston. Passengers from Bury St Edmunds, and all other stations on the line to Ipswich, will need to change at Cambridge to connect.
Network Rail has not said how long this will take, or even if the new station could save people making the trip from Suffolk any time.
The Department for Transport has provided £10million towards the project, which could be completed between 2025 and 2027.
Cambridge North opened in 2017 and was last year used 800,000 times.
The consultation lasts for eight weeks. For details of events, click here.
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