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Another step forward for Soham's railway station as sound experts begin two week long study




James Palmer with contractor Neil Hutchins at Soham Railway Station (8019589)
James Palmer with contractor Neil Hutchins at Soham Railway Station (8019589)

Three microphones are monitoring noise levels around where Soham's railway station will be built as transport bosses prepare detailed plans to bring a stop back to the town.

The array of devices will be used to build a background sound model of the Station Road site which will then help acoustic experts predict what noise impact a new stop could have on the area.

The calculations will then be part of the planning application for the station, with the build expected to be completed by 2021.

Henrick Malker, associate acoustician at Atkins, said the two week long survey will ensure the 'quiet and not so quiet' periods are covered. "It's to get a picture of what exists in the area right now," he said.

The devices do not record sound and cannot be replayed, but noise levels and weather data is recorded for audio experts to examine at the end of the study to create a 3D sound profile of the area.

Visiting the site Cambridgeshire and Peterborough mayor James Palmer said the project was 'very exciting'.

Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer with Neil Hutchins, Graham Littlefort and Henrik Malker (8019591)
Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer with Neil Hutchins, Graham Littlefort and Henrik Malker (8019591)

"It's a significant step for this project that's been going since I was first elected to the district in 2007 and before I was elected there had been a campaign for as long as I can remember.

"Soham is a growing town with over 12,000 people and significant growth expected - this will make a massive difference for the town."

And he said the new station would give young people better connectivity to sixth forms in Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge and Ely.

Historically the town had a railway station, with trains stopping at Soham from 1879 until the Beeching Axe saw passenger services to the town end in 1965.

Last month Network Rail and the combined authority released initial plans to re-open the site. When it first opens it will include a single 102 metre long platform, parking space for 50 cars and a stepped footbridge across the track which could be upgraded if the line is dualed.

In autumn a report is due to be put before the combined authority board to approve the funding the remaining phases of work, which includes construction and handover ready for use.


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