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Our engineers are carrying out platform extensions at three stations in South Cambridgeshire. The three stations are Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton.

The work will take place between February and August 2017 and is required to allow brand new Class 700 trains to call at these three stations. The new trains will:

  • provide an immediate capacity increase as the new trains are twice as long as current rolling stock
  • offer passengers journeys on longer, more spacious trains
  • be better connected to destinations in and around London from 2018 onwards
New longer class 700 trains for passengers at Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton stations.

New longer class 700 trains for passengers at Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton stations.

Click here for more information about the Thameslink Programme’s new trains.

The work at all three stations is to extend one platform – in each case the Cambridge bound platform.

At Meldreth the extension to platform two will be around 20m in length. This is to improve accessibility on to the new trains for passengers of reduced mobility.

At both Shepreth and Foxton platform two will be extended by around 80m, doubling the length of these platforms to avoid trains straddling the associated level crossings when calling at these stations.

For any questions or queries relating to this work, please email contact@thameslinkprogramme.co.uk.

Current construction schedule

Dates Time of work Type of work Potential noise impact
19 February 00:00 – 12:00 Initial foundation work (including piling). High from large machinery drilling into the ground.
20 – 24 February 07:30 – 17:30 Monday – Friday Initial foundation work (including piling). High from large machinery drilling into the ground.
25 – 27 February 10:30 Saturday – 05:15 Monday (continuous) Initial foundation work (including piling). High from large machinery drilling into the ground.
27 February – 3 March 07:30 – 17:30 Monday – Friday Initial foundation work (including piling). High from large machinery drilling into the ground.
5 – 6 March 02:05 Sunday – 05:15 Monday Foundation work and installing platform block. Medium from block installation and site vehicles.
6 – 10 March 07:30 – 17:30 Monday – Friday Foundation work and installing platform block. Medium from block installation and site vehicles.
23 – 24 April 01:40 Sunday – 05:00 Monday Installing pre-cast beams and pouring concrete. Medium from pouring of concrete and site vehicles.
24 – 28 April 07:30 – 17:30 Monday – Friday Installing pre-cast beams and platform fencing. Medium from site vehicles and use of hand tools.
7 – 8 May 02:05 Sunday – 05:00 Monday Installing pre-cast beams and platform fencing. Medium from pouring of concrete and site vehicles.
8 – 26 May 07:30 – 17:30 Monday – Friday 23:00 – 06:00 (nightly) Surfacing work including laying tarmac and installing tactile platform edges. High from laying and flattening of tarmac.
26 May – 31 August 07:30 – 17:30 Monday – Friday Also some sporadic weekend and night work. Electrical installation work (e.g. lighting, CCTV etc). Low from use of hand tools.

Changes to trains

Sunday 19 February

  • Buses replace services between Cambridge and Letchworth Garden City until 11:45.

Saturday 25 February – Sunday 26 February

  • Buses replace services between Cambridge and Letchworth Garden City all weekend.

Sunday 5 March

  • Buses replace services between Cambridge and Letchworth Garden City all day.

Sunday 23 April

  • Buses replace services between Cambridge and Royston all day.

Sunday 7 May

  • Buses replace services between Cambridge and Royston all day.

Sunday 14 May

  • Buses replace services between Cambridge and Royston all day.

For information about any further changes to services please visit Great Northern’s website, www.thameslinkrailway.com or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.

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