We’re making improvements between Kings Lynn and Cambridge to allow for eight-car trains.
The King’s Lynn to Cambridge section of the West Anglia main line, also known as the ‘Fen Line’, is a key commuter route for the Cambridge area, serving the principle flow between King’s Lynn and Cambridge. The Fen Line is primarily served by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR).
The infrastructure between Cambridge and King’s Lynn, can only support four-car train formations calling at intermediate stations which is a significant constraint to increasing capacity on the line. During busy commuting times, these four-car services are generally congested.
What are the benefits?
The programme is a £29m investment, funded by the DfT, to increase capacity on the busy route between Cambridge and King's Lynn by allowing eight-car formations to call at intermediate stations This will:
- provide more space and seats for passengers travelling between King’s Lynn and Cambridge
- Reduce overcrowding on the busy services
- Improve connectivity for stations at Littleport, Waterbeach by extending platforms and allow the longer trains to stop there.
- Support local development and regeneration aspirations along the Cambridge rail corridor.
What the work will involve
Network Rail and its contractor VolkerFitzpatrick, will deliver a programme of works which will support the operation of eight car formations by delivering:
- 2 platform extensions at Waterbeach station
- 1 platform extension at Littleport station, a new accessible ramp and steps to platform 1, two disabled car parking spaces and a pick up/drop off facility and;
- a new siding to stable the eight car trains overnight at King’s Lynn
When are we going to deliver this work?
VolkerFitzpatrick started construction works in the autumn 2019. The construction work at Littleport and Waterbeach stations is expected to be completed by end of summer 2020 and all infrastructure work is expected to be completed by the end of autumn 2020. Eight car services are expected to commence operating on the Fen Line from the December 2020 timetable change.
Will this work affect train services?
To allow us to work on or close to the track, some weekend and bank holiday services between Cambridge and King’s Lynn will need to be suspended until end of autumn 2020 to allow our engineers to deliver these improvement works safely.
Great Northern and Greater Anglia operate services between Cambridge and King’s Lynn which are likely to be affected by these works. Cross Country services between Peterborough and Cambridge (via Ely) may also be affected by these works on the Fen line. Similarly East Midlands services between Peterborough and Norwich (via Ely) may also be affected.
Passengers are advised to check with their train operators before travelling. Where rail services are suspended, bus replacement services will be available to allow passengers to complete their journey.
If you have any questions about the project or concerns about the work being delivered, please visit our Contact Us page or call us directly via our 24/7 national helpline on 0345 711 4141.