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OVERVIEW

The replacement of Foxton level crossing was last considered  by Network Rail in 2013.  The Greater Cambridge Partnership is assessing this previous work and considering the potential for a Rural Travel Hub in this location to offer more sustainable alternatives to the car.

More information on the idea of Travel Hubs and proposals for the area can be found on the Rural Travel Hub page.

W H Y  I T  I S  S O  I M P O R T A N T

Reduce congestion and improve journey times to help facilitiate local growth.

B A C K G R O U N D

The A10 currently takes around 16,000 vehicles per day in the Foxton area. From 2018, the number of passenger trains using the rail line in this area will increase to six trains an hour in each direction. This high level of traffic has indicated a need for travel improvements for Foxton.

Network Rail considered the replacement of the Foxton level crossing in a GRIP2 report in 2013. This only considered infrastructure to replace the a level crossing. The Greater Cambridge Partnership is evaluating wider strategic improvement to the transport network in the A10 Foxton area in the form of the Rural Travel hubs proposals. 

OBJECTIVES AND BENEFITS

  • Explore the opportunity for Foxton Station to act as a Rural Travel Hub with a Park and Ride facility for onward rail trips into Cambridge and Cambridge North Stations, and the future Cambridge South station.
  • In discussion with Network Rail, consider the implications of an East West Rail alignment through the Foxton area and how it would impact on the level crossing.
  • Be future-proofed against a possible future requirement to allow 12 carriage trains to stop at Foxton

GET INVOLVED

Residents, businesses and commuters and welcome to attend the Foxton Engagement group meetings, which will be announced in Spring 2018.

FUNDING

If approved the project would be considered for funding from any second tranche of monies received from Central Government.

Frequently asked questions

The Greater Cambridge Partnership is reviewing the 2013 GRIP 2 study undertaken by Network Rail and will consider both the road bypass and underpass options.

We are considering a travel hub in the vicinity of Foxton level crossing. No decisions have yet been made about the size of location of the Travel Hub and no funding has been granted to any Foxton project.

Network Rail 2013’s study suggested 85 parking spaces at Foxton. A GCP study into rural travel hubs in villages around Cambridge suggested around 35. The Greater Cambridge Partnership will be looking again at the need for ‘Park & Rail’ or travel hub provision in conjunction with other projects in the area.

We understand that local villages including Harston, Barrington and Hauxton amongst others have raised concerns regarding access to the A10 should the level crossing be removed, as this currently provides gaps in the flow of traffic along the A10 which enable villagers to turn out on to the road. Village access will be considered in conjunction with any suggested changes at Foxton level crossing.

Foxton’s access to the A10 would be maintained and this needs to be considered as part of the study via a signalised junction or a roundabout.

Traffic is forecast to rise substantially along the A10 with development across the area leading to more cars on the road. A number of transport schemes are being proposed across the area by the Greater Cambridge Partnership to encourage people to get out of their cars and offer alternative ways to get access work, education and leisure in and around Cambridge. For more information on this proposal please see the M11 Park & Ride webpage.

All Greater Cambridge Partnership schemes over £5m follow the Department for Transport’s webTAG guidance process. Information about the webTAG process can be found on DfT’s webpages. Briefly, webTAG takes into account a range of different factors including traffic, environmental impact, value for money, transport benefits and safety

The alignment for the East-West rail project has yet to be confirmed. No decision regarding the proposed Oxford-to-Cambridge route is anticipated before this work is to evaluate the need for an alternative to the level crossing is undertaken. Should a decision on the ‘Varsity line’ be made and this necessitates 4 tracks in this area then the GCP will work with Network Rail and the OxCam Consortium to ensure the best possible infrastructure for both projects.