The contract includes:
- construction of a single 99m platform capable of accommodating four-car trains, including waiting shelters, lighting, information screens and a public information system
- construction of a drop-off point and car park with spaces for 50 vehicles, including five spaces for disability badge holders, as well as lighting
- installation of a footbridge across the railway to connect with an existing public footpath, designed to enable any future installation of lifts for a potential second platform, and
- installation of cycle parking and ticket vending machines in the station forecourt.
Construction on the new station is expected to begin in early 2021 and be completed by the end of the year. Preparation work on the site is scheduled to begin this autumn, following consent from the East Cambridgeshire District Council and is subject to developments related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Funding for the project will be provided by the Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority led by Mayor James Palmer.
Once completed, the station will be served by Greater Anglia’s Ipswich - Peterborough service. The new station will be the first rail connection in the town in over 55 years, following the closure of the original Soham station in September 1965, and will be constructed in close proximity to the original site.
The project is intended to provide more environmentally friendly transport links to Soham, and is expected to provide significant economic boost for the town. The work is part of a set of broader work in Cambridgeshire intended to reopen formerly abandoned rail infrastructure, including the East-West Rail project to reopen a rail link between the cities of Cambridge and Oxford.