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 at peak times. This will:

  • provide more space and seats for passengers travelling between King’s Lynn and Cambridge
  • Reduce overcrowding on the busy morning and afternoon peak 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 during the peak which is a significant constraint to increasing capacity on the line. During peak 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 peak services commencing from the December 2020 timetable change.

Keeping the Community informed

VolkerFitzpatrick, supported by Network Rail, will hold three drop-in sessions for the communities around the location of the worksites. These drop-in sessions will provide an opportunity to meet the project team members and ask any questions about the planned works. Details for the three sessions are below:

  • Waterbeach:
    Tuesday 13th August 2019 from 16:00 to 20:00 at the Waterbeach Baptist Church Hall, Chapel Street Waterbeach CB25 9HR.
  • Littleport: Wednesday 14th August 2019 from 16:00 to 20:00 at Littleport Village Hall Day Centre, Victoria Street, Littleport CB6 1LU on.
  • King’s Lynn:
    Wednesday 21st August 2019, from 17:00 to 20:00 at The Board Room, King’s Lynn Football Club, The Walks Stadium, Tennyson Road, King’s Lynn PE30 5PB on.

Will this work affect train services?

Some weekend services from October 2019 will be suspended to allow engineers to get onto the track and start to build the platform extensions. Passengers planning to travel at weekends in autumn and winter 2019 are advised to check with their train operator or nationalrail.co.uk before travelling for more information about 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.