Cambridge second railway station gets go ahead

Artist's impression of railway station at Chesterton Sidings
Image caption Planners said the new railway station would have 3,000 passengers a day

Plans for a £26m second railway station for Cambridge have been approved unanimously by the city council.

The Cambridge Science Park Station has been described as a "game changer" for the north of the city.

Cambridgeshire County Council submitted the proposal for the station, which is on the line between Cambridge and Ely, and it will be built on Cowley Road.

Money to build it will come from the county council and it will recover its costs from ticket sales.

Bob Menzies, head of major infrastructure delivery at Cambridgeshire County Council, said it will be a "game changer" for north Cambridge and is of "national importance" in terms of growth and job creation.

The station will have direct trains to London, King's Lynn and Norwich.

The scheme includes parking for 1,000 bicycles and 450 cars and an interchange with the city's guided busway.

It is scheduled to open by the end of 2015.

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