Huntingdon to Woodwalton – improvement programme

We are reinstating track between Huntingdon Station and Woodwalton to remove a critical bottleneck between the North and London.

This will allow fast trains to overtake slower ones, and in combination with other schemes increase the number of high speed services that can run.

Huntingdon to Woodwalton illustration of reinstated fourth track

As part of Network Rail’s funding from the government, the Secretary of State for Transport has recognised the importance of improving capacity and reducing journey times on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) between Scotland, the North East, Yorkshire, Eastern England and London. In combination with the proposed introduction of new rolling stock, other schemes on the ECML and the revision of the existing timetable, this project will help to deliver additional capacity on the ECML.

As part of this programme we are working on a scheme to reinstate the fourth track on the east side of the railway between Huntingdon station and Woodwalton in Cambridgeshire, known as Huntingdon to Woodwalton Four Tracking. This scheme is a vital aspect of our plans and will remove a critical bottleneck between London and the North.

An early deliverable of the scheme is the permanent closure of Abbots Ripton level crossing in advance of the reinstatement of the fourth track (Phase 2 of the scheme).

The scheme

Next steps for Abbots Ripton level crossing closure and bridleway diversion

Following the second round of consultation on Abbots Ripton level crossing closure, we prepared a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application for the necessary powers to build and operate the scheme. Network Rail submitted the application to the Secretary of State for Transport on 20 January 2017 to build and operate the scheme.

Copies of the application and supporting documents are available to view and download by following the link below. Objections, representations and letters of support can be made by anyone by 3 March 2017. These should be sent to:

Secretary of State for Transport c/o Transport and Works Act Orders Unit,
General Counsel's Office, Department for Transport, Zone 1/18, Great Minster House,
33 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 4DR.

You can also contact them by email:

An objection or representation must:

  • Be received by the Secretary of State on or before 3 March 2017
  • Be made in writing (whether sent by post or email)
  • State the grounds of the objection or other representation
  • Indicate who is making the objection or representation
  • Give a postal address to which correspondence relating to the objection or representation may be sent

If you are sending your objection or other representation by post or e-mail, please provide a postal address and state “Network Rail Closure of Abbots Ripton Level Crossing TWA Order” in the subject of the letter or email.

More information

You can still view the consultation materials on our  Huntington to Woodwalton Four Tracking consultation website.  A summary of the feedback submitted during consultation is included in the Consultation Report which forms part of the TWAO application documents.

If you have any questions, please contact the project team at or call our 24-hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

Application documents

You can view and download copies of the application documents below.