Longer platforms for two Fen line stations

One platform will be extended at Littleport and both platforms at Waterbeach, seen here in 2014.

As part of the Fen Line Upgrade Programme, Network Rail is extending platforms at Littleport and Waterbeach stations to allow Great Northern to increase capacity by operating eight-car trains between King’s Lynn and Cambridge from December 2020.

Only one platform will be extended at Littleport.

The improvement programme is extending both platforms at Waterbeach and one at Littleport, as well as creating a new siding at King’s Lynn.

To allow the work to take place, trains will be replaced by buses between King’s Lynn and Downham Market over the August Bank Holiday, from Friday 28 to Monday 31 August.

The improvement programme also includes a new siding at King’s Lynn.
Jenny Saunders, Thameslink.

Jenny Saunders, customer services director for Thameslink and Great Northern, said: “We thank customers whose journeys are affected by these long-needed infrastructure improvements for their patience over the bank holiday weekend. The platform extensions and new sidings will allow a significant capacity increase, transforming journeys for our customers using the Fen Line.

“We’ll be continuing to help and encourage everyone to travel safely. As well as wearing a face covering, maintaining social distancing and keeping hands clean, please check your route in advance to avoid the busiest times, buy tickets in advance if possible, and allow more time for your journey.”

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, added: “These improvements are vital to improve passengers’ journeys on the Fen Line.

“The upgrade will allow for longer trains to run, which will especially benefit those travelling on busy peak services between King’s Lynn and Cambridge.”

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