Plans for a new 'island' at Cambridge railway station could come to fruition as early as next year if planning permission for the new platform is given the go ahead.
Network Rail has applied for permission to build a new 'rail island' at Cambridge as a part of a nationwide scheme to reduce overcrowding on trains across the UK.
The proposed 'island' (shown on the left in the artists impression above) would provide a further two platforms at Cambridge, connected to the main station by a footbridge and lifts.
Network Rail's route director, Andrew Munden, explained that overcrowding on trains was a priority issue to those who used the rail network for their daily commute: “Britain relies on rail to get more than three million people to and from work every day and as passenger numbers continue to grow it is essential that we maintain investment in our rail network."
“The new platforms will make a real difference to passengers, boosting capacity on this busy line between Cambridge and London, improving punctuality and reducing overcrowding further still. Our improvements at Cambridge are part of a wider investment which will see the station and surrounding area transformed over the coming years.”