Cambridge Connect has proposed a new focus for light rail in Cambridge, called the ‘Isaac Newton Line’. The line is based on feedback from the public and stakeholders since Cambridge Connect was launched back in March 2016. The ‘Isaac Newton Line’ is a light rail route designed to meet priority public transport needs, and extends over a distance of ~22 km (~14 mi) from the Girton Interchange in the northwest to Granta Park in the southeast. The ‘Isaac Newton Line’ would follow a route via the University West Campus, City Centre, Cambridge Central Rail Station, Addenbrookes Hospital and the Biomedical Campus, Great Shelford and Sawston. The light rail line would, as far as possible, follow existing and former rail alignments, run underground within the historic city core, and adopt the busway alignment between Cambridge Central Rail Station and Addenbrookes.
Extensions to the ‘Isaac Newton Line’ light rail backbone may be anticipated, for example to Cambridge Science Park, Fulbourn, Cambourne, Haverhill and Waterbeach. The name ‘Isaac Newton Line’ was selected to highlight Cambridge’s reputation for innovation and forward-looking new ideas, as well as to recall the rich heritage of our city which has been an inspiration for residents, academics, businesses and visitors for generations!