02/05/2013

Work to expand Cambridge station ticket hall to begin this Summer

Work to transform the ticket hall at Cambridge station is due to begin this Summer after £4.25 million of funding was released.

The funding which is being provided by developer Brookgate as part of deal linked to the cb1 station area scheme will allow the ticket hall to triple in size providing a much needed increase in capacity at this busy station.

The work which will also include new toilet facilities should be completed by the middle of next year, subject to listed building consent discussions currently taking place with Cambridge City Council.

The expanded ticket hall is part of the wider cb1 development, Brookgate is also forging ahead with its own plans for area around the railway, including a new station square, a 3,000-space cycle park, and a hotel.

Richard Schofield, route boss for Network Rail, said: "Cambridge station is one of the busiest stations in the east of England and this investment will make a positive difference for passengers, particularly as the number of people using the railway continues to grow."

Latest figures show 8.8 million people used Cambridge station during 2011/12 - a 7 per cent increase on the 8.2 million figure the previous year.