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14 November 2013, 06:00
New plans to deliver significant improvements to the area surrounding Cambridge station have been revealed by the developers, Brookgate.
The new plans, submitted to Cambridge City Council, are said to provide improvements for road users, commuters, pedestrians and cyclists to the area located next to the existing station building.
The plans (pictured) show an improved two vehicle wide taxi drop-off and pick-up area for 21 taxis, which will provide an appropriate service for train users.
An additional taxi queuing area will also be given within the station car park, with a CCTV link for taxi drivers.
Another significant improvement is the enhancement of materials which now includes York stone paving outside the listed station building.
The majority of the space outside of the station will be a pedestrianised piazza with plenty of space. A bus only connection between Station Road and the new Bus Interchange is provided.
The £4m creation of the new Station Square will be funded as part of the One Station Square office development, due to get underway in the spring of 2014.
Both developments are a part of the wider CB1 masterplan aimed at creating new public spaces for a vibrant mixed-use city centre scheme consisting of commercial, leisure and residential space built around a radically improved public transport interchange at the heart of Cambridge.
The new cycle park funded by Brookgate’s IBIS hotel development is also due on site next year.
Sven Töpel, Chief Executive of Brookgate, said: "We have consulted extensively with all key stakeholders for Station Square particularly Cambridge City and Cambridgeshire County Councils.
The proposals will allow us to regenerate the area around the busiest station in the east of England and help improve the public realm for all of the station and CB1 area users.
We believe that this will benefit commuters, visitors and local residents by addressing access, circulation and congestion and by improving the public space provide the sense of arrival that Cambridge deserves."