Together with the Isaac Newton Line, Light Rail Regional connections to Cambourne, St Neots, Waterbeach and Haverhill will address transport to these growing centres, with strategic access into the City Centre from lower-cost housing areas. This could support and unlock considerable development potential in these areas, and help to address the extreme strain on housing provision within the city of Cambridge. Light Rail connections will also relieve vehicle traffic pressure on the road network (e.g. A1307, A10, A14), attracting people onto an alternate and sustainable route whilst reducing the need for road capacity expansion.
The suggested Cambourne / St Neots extension would run alongside existing A428 infrastructure close to Bourn, Hardwick and Papworth Everard, and connect with the Isaac Newton Line at the Girton Interchange. In the southeast, the regional extension would link Granta Park to Linton and Haverhill via the old rail alignment that previously followed this route. Both the Cambourne / St Neots and Haverhill extensions would be overground.
The regional connection to Haverhill aligns with needs identified by the Rail Haverhill group, which is promoting restoration of a railway link between the City of Cambridge and the fast growing market town of Haverhill.
The proposed light rail link to Waterbeach is designed to support the new community developments planned to the north of the town, as well as serve the existing centres of Waterbeach and Milton. The route shown is preliminary and indicative, and thought needs to be given to how it would be best to integrate with roads, cycling and the heavy rail station. We believe a Waterbeach light rail link could be attractive for residents and businesses in this area, and is worthy of consideration.