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Timelapse shows Cambridge North footbridge installation

Timelapse footage has captured the installation of a footbridge that connects the ticket office with the platforms at the new Cambridge North railway station, due to open in May 2017 as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.

The footbridge was installed in two sections and links all three platforms to the new ticket office, lift shafts and stairwells. Each section was built on site and lifted into position last weekend.

The station is due to open in May next year.


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Daniel Zeichner MP for Cambridge visited the site of a new £50m station north of Cambridge today (1 April 2016), which is anticipated to handle 3,000 passenger journeys a day once opened.

The station, which is due to open in May next year, will serve Cambridge Science Park and the suburb of Chesterton. Funded by the Department for Transport and developed by Network Rail in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge North station will provide an alternative connection point for commuters in the north east of the city and provide improved access and journey times for passengers.

Work has already started on the project, which is part of Network Rail’s £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan, to build the track, points, overhead line cabling and power supply. New lift shafts and platforms will be constructed from next month. Once completed, the station will have three platforms, parking for 450 vehicles and 1,000 cycles, and solar panels will provide up to 10% of the station’s power.

It is expected that the station will encourage new businesses to the area as well as aid the expansion of existing businesses, and encourage additional employment opportunities. In the meantime, the station will serve staff already working at the Science Park and St John’s Innovation Centre.

Richard Schofield, Network Rail’s route managing director, said: “The new station will both provide benefits to passengers in terms of better connections and journey times, and will also help the economic growth of the area and improve people’s journeys in and around the city of Cambridge.”

Daniel Zeichner MP said: “Today I wanted to see what progress has been made and get an assurance that the programme is on track. We need rapid improvements to our public transport and like many people I’m keen to see the station open to avoid gridlock in Cambridge and to unlock future growth.”

The new station is set to open in May 2017.


Stratford to Honeybourne Visualisations released

A short visualisation showing how the Stratford to Honeybourne railway line would look have been placed on Youtube. It is understood that they date back to a report which was produced to investigate feasibility of the line. The recent Harbury landslip has brought advocates of this reopening additional publicity. The videos focus on the section entering Stratford Upon Avon.


The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway – Episode 3

The third episode of The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway aired on Wednesday evening.

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This episode follows engineers building London’s brand new underground railway, Crossrail, as they race to build ten new train stations across London.

A team battles to put together the giant jigsaw that will become a cathedral-sized station at Canary Wharf. It’s so big, they have to build it in a dock and underwater. Its architect-designed roof is so complicated it comes in a kit of over 2,500 pieces. As engineers carve out the underground caverns that will become the new stations, they hit on some gruesome discoveries of London’s past.


The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway – Episode 2

The second episode of The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway aired on Wednesday night

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Linda Miller, an engineer more at home building space launch complexes at Cape Canaveral, battles to rebuild a Victorian tunnel under the Royal Docks in London’s east end. Meanwhile a British tunneling dynasty – the Bermingham family – follow in the footsteps of the original father-son team of Marc and Isambard Kingdom Brunel to build a brand new tunnel under the river Thames


Crossrail Documentary to air on BBC2

The BBC will air a three-part documentary taking the public behind the scenes of Europe’s largest infrastructure project as it constructs a new rail line through the heart of one of the world’s busiest cities.

BBC 2’s Fifteen Billion Pound Railway airs on 16 July at 9pm and follows the construction of the new train tunnels and stations under London.