More platforms and a new ticket hall feature in a £43m plan to upgrade Peterborough station.
The redevelopment heralds longer, more frequent trains and anticipates a surge in passenger volume. Four million people a year use the station and this number is expected to double over the next 25 years.
Says Phil Verster, Network Rail route managing director, ‘We are making a significant investment to improve the railway in Peterborough, providing a better station and more trains for passengers. Rail is vital for Peterborough given its position as a strategic transport hub and this upgrade will provide a real boost to the local economy.
‘When we’re finished in December 2013 the station will have a modern main building, extra platforms to increase capacity and reduce congestion, easier access thanks to new lifts and longer platforms ready for new, longer trains serving more destinations.’
Peterborough is a major railway centre and hosts a complex mix of commuter and long-distance services travelling both east-west and north-south as well as burgeoning freight traffic – the station itself has two freight passing loops.
Network Rail’s redevelopment will increase capacity through the station, with 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.
In addition to the new platforms, platforms 2 and 3 will be extended to facilitate 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 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. A separate £3m scheme will provide a brighter, bigger entrance and a larger concourse at the station.