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23 November 2017

Budget announcement on new CBC train station welcomed

The Budget announcement on the 'accelerated development' of a railway station close to Papworth's new home at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC) has been warmly welcomed by the Trust.

In his speech, the Chancellor Philip Hammond committed to government funding to speed up the delivery of a Cambridge South station to support the growing and nationally significant CBC.

It will serve the local community, region and visitors through connections into London King's Cross, Liverpool
Street, Stansted, Cambridge and King's Lynn stations with subsequent links planned with East West Rail.

Stephen Posey, Chief Executive at Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As we prepare to move to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, we know how important it is for our patients and staff to have sustainable and integrated travel options to reach our new building.

"A new railway station will significantly assist with this. It will also help with the recruitment and retention of world class staff and taking a broader view, will enable academics, visiting researchers and investors easy access to the Campus to further our knowledge and tackle the key healthcare challenges of the future.”

The Cambridge Biomedical Campus is currently being expanded by 90 acres to provide the room and facilities for life sciences businesses and institutions to work together and deliver the medical breakthroughs of the future. 

The need for efficient and sustainable transport is key for new organisations coming to the site and to many of the staff already working at the CBC. There are currently 26,500 visits to the Campus every day from patients, academics, scientists and visitors, and there are 17,250 staff already working there.

This number is set to grow when Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, AstraZeneca and Abcam, among others, move into new facilities over the next two years to join the site’s thriving research and healthcare community.

Current estimates at this early stage of scheme development are that around 1.8 million passengers a year would use the station within the first few years of opening.

Malcolm Lowe-Lauri, Executive Director at Cambridge University Health Partners, said: “To maintain our position as the UK’s Capital of UK Life Sciences, we must have the infrastructure in place to link with the East of England, other parts of the UK and the world. A railway station can help deliver this.

"A ‘destination’ station would significantly improve access for staff, visitors and patients as well as relieve the traffic congestion we see build up on the road network every day, as well as provide access to the growing housing developments in the region. It would be one of a number of projects to benefit not only the people coming to the site but also the wider community.”