Waterbeach Station Improvement

I have been told by many people that the existing platforms at Waterbeach Station would definitely be extended fairly soon. Just to make sure, I sent in a Freedom of Information request to Network Rail:

“I should be grateful if you could supply me with details of your plans to
extend the platforms at the existing Waterbeach Station. In particular, whether
this is a definite plan and, if so, when you envisage completion.”

The essence of their response was:

“You can find the requested details in the Control Period 5 Enhancement Delivery Plan.

This was updated in December 2017 and provides as much information as we hold
on the subject of your request at present”

The crucial bit of this plan is on page 31 (click on the image to see it full size):

I must say, this doesn’t appear very definite to me, but maybe those who understand railway-speak can enlighten me,


The South Cambridgeshire Local Plan

I have been looking through the proposals for amendments to the Local Plan which have just appeared. I haven’t looked at them in detail but there are a few points that pop out as being important for residents of Waterbeach who are concerned about the new town.
1 The plan has added the word ‘approximately’ to the size of the development which now reads ‘approximately 8,000 to 9,000 dwellings’
2 The word ‘new’ has been replaced by ‘relocated’ when referring to what will happen to Waterbeach Station.
3 Stronger protection is given to the setting of Denny Abbey and additional protection is given to some of the other heritage assets on the site including ‘World War 2 structures and raised causeways’.
4 A reference to ‘odour … from the Waterbeach Waste Management Park’ is included as something that the site should be protected from.
5 References to separation from Waterbeach have been replaced by ‘Maintaining the identity of Waterbeach village as a village close to the new town is also necessary’
I am sure that there are lots of other things that may be spotted and I leave that to others. You can see most of the stuff relating to Waterbeach at https://www.scambs.gov.uk/sites/default/files/c._main_modifications_consultation_report_-_chapter_6_part_1.pdf