Events taking place ahead of railway upgrades in Cambridgeshire

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Network Rail has announced that three events are being held to give local communities in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk the chance to learn more about the work that starts this autumn to lengthen trains between King’s Lynn and Cambridge.

The planned work starts in October and will see two platform extensions at Waterbeach station and one platform extension at Littleport station to accommodate longer trains during peak times.

In addition, Littleport station will also have step free access, and there will be new stabling at King’s Lynn station to support the longer trains.

Once the work is complete in the summer of 2020, eight-car services can be introduced on the route between King’s Lynn and Cambridge.

Network Rail and its contractor VolkerFitzpatick are running three drop-in sessions to provide an opportunity for residents and businesses to speak to members of the project team and to ask any questions. The three planned public sessions are:

Tuesday 13 August 2019 from 16:00 to 20:00 at the Waterbeach Baptist Church Hall, Chapel Street, Waterbeach CB25 9HR.

Wednesday 14 August 2019 from 16:00 to 20:00 at Littleport Village Hall Day Centre, Victoria Street, Littleport CB6 1LU.

King’s Lynn:
Wednesday 21 August 2019, from 17:00 to 20:00 at The Board Room, King’s Lynn Football Club, The Walks Stadium, Tennyson Road, King’s Lynn PE30 5PB

What did the officials say?

Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said:

“This important project will enable longer trains to run between Cambridge and King’s Lynn during peak times, providing a better service for passengers with more seats, reducing overcrowding.

“These events will give the local community an opportunity to speak to the project team to address any concerns they might have before works begin in the autumn.”

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  1. Network Rail should upgrade the single track from Watlington to King’s Lynn to double track so that Great Northern trains can improve their service with Class 387 & Class 365 which are allowed to reach as far as King’s Lynn.


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