New Cambridge station island platforms open & major redevelopment of Peterborough station is announced

Cambridge station new island platforms open

Cambridge Station new platforms

Network Rail's £16.7m scheme to build two new platforms to allow a much needed increase in capacity at Cambridge station was completed on Monday when the brand new island platform opened.

The new island contains two platforms numbered numbered 7 and 8 means that National Express East Anglia and First Capital Connect have been able to introduce 12-car trains on key commuter services. Trains will be able to arrive and depart in either direction, freeing up vital capacity on the existing platforms and making sure Cambridge can cater for additional rail services in the future.

A new covered 15-tonne footbridge and lifts have also been installed at Cambridge connecting the new platforms to the rest of the station, making life easier for those who find the stairs a struggle. The staircases include cycle guttering to help cycle users move around the station.

Peterborough station major redevelopment announced

Peterborough redevelopment artists impression

A £43m upgrade of Peterborough station to accomodate longer, more frequent trains, extra platforms and new footbridges and lifts has been announced by Network Rail.

Network Rail’s investment will provide the extra capacity needed to cater for future growth in passenger numbers on all routes to and through Peterborough and also paves the way for new services to new destinations.

Network Rail’s redevelopment will increase capacity through the station, the main parts of the redevelopment is as follows;

- Two new platforms constructed on the west side of the station for use by trains travelling on east-west routes, freeing up the existing platforms for north-south services.

- The current platform 3 will also be widened and a new platform added for future London-bound high-speed services from Peterborough.

- The main station footbridge will be updated and extended to serve the new platforms, with lifts providing step-free access between the station entrance and all platforms for the first time.

- Platforms 2 and 3 will be extended to cater for future 12- car Thameslink services, which will provide direct connections from Peterborough to London and destinations across the South East.

- Platforms 4 and 5 will be extended in readiness for future Intercity Express services, which will provide new trains on long-distance routes to the north of England and Scotland.

- A new goods loop will also be created to the west of the station to increase freight capacity on the key cross-country route from the port of Felixstowe to the Midlands and beyond.

In addition to this £43m project, work funded by East Coast and Network Rail has already begun on a £3m scheme to provide a brighter, bigger entrance and a larger concourse at the

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