We’re making improvements between Kings Lynn and Cambridge to allow for eight-car trains.
The programme is a £27m 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
Benefits of the programme
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 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 will start to establish the worksites and prepare the ground during summer 2019, commencing main works at the three sites in the autumn. The construction work is expected to last until summer 2020 with eight car services commencing from the December 2020 timetable change.
Platform 1 access changes at Littleport from Monday 24 February 2020
Passengers will start to see a benefit from the investment being made to introduce eight-car services on the Fen line between Cambridge and King’s Lynn.
Station users at Littleport will have a much improved and safer route to/from Platform 1 to access southbound train services from Monday 24 February.
A new access ramp and staircase has been constructed to allow direct access to the platform from road level together with a dedicated route via an underpass at the south end of the station. Please see the map below.
The changes to the station mean that the track crossing, currently the only access to Platform 1, can be permanently removed to allow platform extension work for Platform 2 to continue.
The longer Platform 2 will enable eight car train services to call at the station from December 2020, improving capacity for passengers travelling on the Fen line.
Will this work affect train services?
To allow us to work on or close to the track, several weekend and bank holiday services between Cambridge and King’s Lynn will need to be suspended to allow our engineers to deliver these improvement works safely.
The following weekends and bank holidays are when train services will be affected:
- Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 October 2019
- Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 October 2019
- Saturday 2 & 3 Sunday November 2019
- Saturday 9 & 10 Sunday November 2019
- Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December 2019
- Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 December 2019
- Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 February 2020
- Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 February 2020
- Easter weekend – Friday 10 to Sunday 12 April 2020
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.