Cambridge 2000: Chesterton Sidings

Description: Chesterton Sidings
Chesterton Sidings map for Chesterton Sidings
Date photograph taken: 19 Feb 2012 (Alternative map: Google map)

A large tract of land in north Cambridge was used for sidings for trains. As the utility of the sidings diminished, it was eventually decided to build a railway station on the site.

This was a typical example of an industrial urban brownfield site. The name "brownfield" suggests there is something environmentally unsatisfactory about such sites. But as can be seen, although humans did not leave this site completely alone, when there are no humans around, nature is perfectly happy to take over, no matter what was on the site previously. Most of the nature on the site was wiped out when the new station and surrounding land was developed.

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