£93.4 million Contract Awarded to Build Cambridge South Station

Posted: 24 October 2023 | | No comments yet

J Murphy and Sons Ltd awarded £93.4 million Cambridge South station contract, unlocking 300 new construction jobs and £103 billion growth.

Following the Rail Minister’s promise to fund the construction of Cambridge South on 5th June 2023, Network Rail has awarded the main works contract to build the new railway station to J Murphy & Sons Ltd (Murphy).

“Murphy has made significant progress over recent months completing the enabling works, commenced installation of all four platforms, station building piling and undertaken all groundworks to facilitate the track being realigned during a blockade in December 2023,” Joe Kennedy, Project Director for Murphy, said.

The £93.4 million contract includes work to begin main construction which will deliver a new two storey, four platform station on the West Anglia Main adjacent to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. This will include:

  • ticket vending machines
  • lifts providing step free access to all platforms
  • accessible toilets, baby change facilities, waiting area and space for retail/catering
  • access for pedestrians and cyclists from both sides of the railway with capacity for 1000 cycle parking spaces
  • modification to roads and crossings to facilitate access to the station

Together with Network Rail’s other integrated delivery partners, Alstom and South Rail Systems Alliance (SRSA), Murphy will also modify and enhance the rail infrastructure to support the new station, which will include:

  • remodelling of the existing track layout
  • installing two additional track loops to accommodate a four-platform station
  • enhancements to Shepreth branch junction
  • modification to the railway on the southern approach to Cambridge station
  • provision for overhead line electrification infrastructure and a substation
  • modification of existing signalling equipment
  • closure of two private level crossing and provision of alternative access

“I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Murphy, as we move into the main work phase and build on the early enabling work that has already been delivered,” added Katie Frost, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia.

The establishment of the worksite compound and installation of overhead line masts and the front-walls of the platforms has started . Work will now continue to deliver the station through to completion, currently planned for 2025. 

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