Network Rail has announced a £43 million upgrade of Peterborough station with a new station footbridge, platform extensions and lifts to be installed.
More than 4m people use the station each year and this number is set to rise dramatically, with the number of people travelling between the city and London forecast to double over the next 25 years.
Network Rail route managing director Phil Verster said: “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.”
The 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.
Platforms 4 and 5 will be extended in readiness 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.
Karen Boswell, managing director of East Coast, said: “This is fantastic news which will hugely enhance the travel experience for passengers using Peterborough station. It complements the £3m project East Coast is delivering to improve the main station building, which will help transform it into a vibrant gateway to the city.”
Work has started to clear the land to the west of Peterborough station in preparation for major works to be carried out starting in April 2012. The project will be completed in December 2013.
In addition to this £43m project, work funded by East Coast and Network Rail has already begun on a £3m scheme to provide a brighter, bigger entrance and a larger concourse at the station.