Waterbeach new station (2)

This map shows the approximate location of the new station as proposed in the GRIP 2 report mentioned in my previous post.

The location is shown in red and the access road from Bannold Drove is shown in dark blue. Some of those points in the village where the walking distance is less to the new station are shown with blue markers; those where the existing station is closer are shown with red markers.

The main point is that, because the access is so far north along Bannold Drove, the walking distance for most residents of Waterbeach will be quite a lot further to the new station than to the old one on Station Road.

I have done a few measurements using Google maps and the walking times (in minutes) look like

Starting point New station Current station Nearer
Jn Cattells Lane, Way Lane 17 10 Current
End of Payton Way 25 13 Current
Jn Bannold Road, Denny End Road 18 14 Current
Jn Cattells Lane, High Street 20 14 Current
Jn Bannold Road, Way Lane 13 15 New
Jn Providence Way, Denny End Road 21 17 Current
Jn Winfold Road, Clare Close 24 17 Current
Jn Capper Road, Cody Road 12 20 New
Jn Way Lane, Spurgeons Avenue 15 12 Current

Thus, unless you live either on Bannold Road north of the Way Lane junction or in the former married quarters, the walking distance will be less to the existing station.

Watch out for further comments on this and keep your eyes skinned for RLW’s outline planning application.

Waterbeach Station

I’ve just found a very interesting document dated last October. I’m quite surprised that it hasn’t surfaced before. It’s called ‘NEW WATERBEACH STATION GRIP 2 REPORT’.

GRIP stands for Governance for Railway Investment Projects and is the process that Network Rail uses to manage developments to enhance or renew Britain’s rail network. The GRIP process apparently has 8 stages and stage 2 is defined as

Feasibility – Defines the investment goals and identifies constraints to ensure that they can be achieved both economically and strategically.

If you would like to read it, you can find it here. I’ll be digesting it over the next few days or weeks, especially since the Parish Council has recently had a presentation on RLW’s plans in this area. Watch this blog for further thoughts.

Email to South Cambridgeshire District Councillors

I have just sent the following email to all South Cambridgeshire District Councillors:

Dear Councillor 

As the former County Councillor for the Waterbeach Division I have for many years questioned the advisability of developing the former Waterbeach Barracks site as a new town. I was very disappointed to see that the proposal now appears in the draft Local Plan and I made a number of comments at various stages of the planning process.

 In particular I should like to draw your attention to Representation 59108 where I cast doubt on the proven need for this development.

The plan suggests that development will not take place until towards the end of the plan period. A great deal can change between now and then, and it is vital that a constant watch is kept on the requirements for housing and that no start is made on development at Waterbeach unless and until it is proved that the requirements cannot be met by developments elsewhere. Including a commitment at this stage to develop Waterbeach is premature.

 We already see the potential developers of the site, RLW estates and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, pressing to have development started earlier than proposed (see, for example, representation 60374). By including an unconditional proposal to develop a large new settlement at Waterbeach in the plan the Council is weakening its ability to resist this developer pressure. The example of Northstowe where the site was agreed upon over ten years ago but where no significant development has yet taken place should be a warning to all; don’t allocate Waterbeach until Northstowe is substantially on the way.

 Regards

Michael Williamson

Waterbeach New Town

As someone who has lived in Waterbeach for over 40 years and has campaigned against the proposals for a new town on the barracks site for over ten years, it is not surprising that I am unhappy about the proposal to include this development in the South Cambridgeshire District Council local plan. I am intending to post some comments on this site with arguments as to why this is a misconceived idea. Keep a watch for further updates.

Michael Williamson