Extended platforms and longer trains for three South Cambridgeshire stations

Extended platforms and longer trains for three South Cambridgeshire stations

Platform extensions at three South Cambridgeshire stations will mean that passengers will soon benefit from longer trains.

As part of the Thameslink Programme, passengers who use Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton stations will benefit from extended platforms and longer trains to aid the programmes work to transform north-south rail travel through London.

A team of Network Rail and contractor VolkerFitzpatrick engineers will begin work at the stations on Sunday, 19 February, with the extended platforms due be completed by the end of August.

When complete, the longer platforms will enable Great Northern’s new, Siemens-built Class 700 trains to call at the stations, providing longer trains that will carry more passengers.

Simon Blanchflower, Network Rail’s Thameslink Programme director, said: “Passenger numbers are at record levels and growing each year, so it’s vital we continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. The work we’re doing in Cambridgeshire will deliver longer trains, with more space for passengers as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan. I’d like to thank passengers and local residents in advance for their patience while we carry out this much-needed investment in the railway.”

Stuart Cheshire, Passenger Services Director, Great Northern said “The improvements at Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton stations offer passengers on the Great Northern route a glimpse of the benefits that the Thameslink Programme will deliver to their area over the next eighteen months. The brand new eight-car Class 700 trains, being introduced on the route later this year, are longer and more spacious with significantly increased capacity compared to the 30 year old trains currently calling at the stations.”

From 2018 passengers in Cambridgeshire will be better connected than ever before with direct services to St Pancras International (for Eurostar), Farringdon (for interchange with Crossrail and Heathrow airport), London Bridge, Gatwick Airport and stations south of London.