Peterborough railway station is set to undergo a major facelift so it is able to handle the demand of the new train links that will be released in the future.
Network Rail has outlined a number of improvements within the £43 million project and has named Carillion as the company that will take on the development, allowing Peterborough to cope with the amount of passengers that use the station on an annual basis.
The station has already undergone various minor changes, including an attractive front as well as a larger, improved concourse for passengers to enjoy and refurbished toilet facilities on both platform four and five. Its interior has been significantly upgraded to give the station a more pleasant surrounding.
The Construction Enquirer reported that this new work will see the station expanded to accommodate new platforms and extra footbridges to meet the demand of the increased number of commuters that will be coming through the Cambridgeshire city. Platform three will see the most changes, with it due to be widened to cope with the new high-speed service heading for London.
Two new platforms will be built on the west side of the station to serve trains travelling from east to west, meaning that there will be extra room for the north to south routes.
Due to its location, Peterborough is a key point for the east coast mainline between London King's Cross, the north-east of England and Scotland, meaning that it sees a large swell of people using the station. According to figures from 2010/11, the station saw over four million people use the facility, showing its importance to the UK's rail network.
While being at the heart of the east coast line it is also a direct link between Birmingham and Stansted, meaning it is easy for holidaymakers to reach the nearest airport via a train. Another main line that crosses its path is the Liverpool to Norwich route which once again enforces the need for improvements as the passenger numbers are due to rise once more.
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