Murphy begins work on Cambridge station


Murphy will deliver enabling works worth £200 million at Cambridge South station.

Cambridge South station design.
Credit: Network Rail.

The firm has begun compound and enabling works for Network Rail’s (NR) Cambridge South station project, with £200 million worth of government funding. 

The new station is located on the West Anglia Main, next to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, and will provide major transport links to Stansted Airport and the Eurostar. 

The main contractor for the project is set to be secured by July 2023, and the station is expected to open by 2025. 

Inside the job 

Platform design of Camrbidge South station.
Platform design of Camrbidge South station. [Credit: Network Rail].
With phase one planning permissions secured in December 2022, the Department for Transport (DfT) is expected to come to a decision on phase two, which includes the station design, over the Summer. 

Dentons and Mott MacDonald were involved in the design of the station, according to Construction Enquirer

The station will comprise two storeys and four platforms, and include: 

  • Ticket vending machines. 
  • Toilet facilities and space for retail. 
  • Modifications to roads to facilitate access to the station, and 800 parking spaces. 

Aerial visualisation of Cambridge South station.
Aerial visualisation of Cambridge South station. [Credit: Network Rail].
NR also plans to modify rail infrastructure by: 

  • Remodeling the existing track layout. 
  • Installing two additional track loops to accommodate a four-platform station. 
  • Modifying the railway on the southern approach to Cambridge station. 

The station is set to welcome around 1.8 million passengers a year, and form part of the proposed route of the East-West Rail line, which will connect Cambridge to Oxford. 

Social value 

The DfT estimates that around 300 jobs will be created in the local area during construction.

A further 27,000 jobs and 4,000 new homes are expected to be created in the area by 2031, once the station is complete. 

This brand-new station will not only benefit local passengers but deliver a major boost to the entire city, improving connectivity to a world-leading academic hub while unlocking local business and growth opportunities across the region,” said rail minister Huw Merriman. 

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