Soham Railway Station is an engineering possibility

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Soham Railway Station is possible after a study by carried out by Network Rail and Atkins on behalf of East Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council.

With a study into the feasibility of a railway station in Soham confirming it is an engineering possibility, the District Council is now set to investigate whether it is commercially viable.

Research carried out by Network Rail and Atkins on behalf of East Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council looked at the engineering possibilities of the railway station, the impact of freight transport and the level of passenger demand for the station.

The results were positive with the costs of the work to bring the railway station back into use estimated at between £2.5m to £5m depending on the extent of the station and whether it is staffed.

The next stage of the process is to see whether the station would be commercially viable and whether it could fit in with the other routes and services already using the lines.

Councillor Peter Moakes, Chairman of Development and Transport sub committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “This is report is encouraging news for our plans to reinstate the railway station in Soham. The work has shown that there are no major engineering obstacles to bringing a station back into use. This will of course be a major boost for Soham and its ability to grow in the future.

“However, I think it is important to set this work in context. The research has shown that while we believe the demand is there for services, we need to speak to train operators and our partners to determine whether these levels of demand are commercially viable and whether it could fit into the current timetables using the lines. There is still a lot of work to be done yet before we can say Soham will get its railway station back but we are moving along on the right track.”

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