Peterborough Station capacity improvementsPeterborough station is very important to the East Anglian railway as it is the connection to the East Coast Main Line services to Leeds, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh and many other major towns and cities. The station was rebuilt in the 1970s but was inadequate for today's much higher levels of patronage, which see four million people passing thorugh each year, and predicted to reach eight million by 2034. Railfuture has been pressing for improvements to cope with demand for several years.
A Railfuture campaign was successfully realised in May 2012 when the new station ticket hall and concourse, built within the shell of the existing building, was opened at a csot of £3 million. The work done can be seen from the photos below (from July 2012).
In December 2013 the new island platforms on the western side, which will segregate north-south from east-west train services, should open.
View of the modified station entrance and new station building interiorThe existing station building has been retained, and extended northwards, but has been completely modernised and rearranged within. Outside the entrance a canopy has been added to give visitors protection from the rain, and there is now a much more inviting entrance.
Inside almost everything has been remodelled, apart from the ticket that remains on the left-hand-side when entering. Barriers have been installed in the centre - previously the cramped area was insufficient room for them - with a customer information desk on the right and ticket machines further to the right. The former cafe and shop have been relocated.
There is now much more space and the natural light from the glass roof makes it much brighter and more inviting.
This views show the new barriers from the entrance and from the platform. Each barrier includes a bar-code scanner to scan printed copies of tickets bought online and also barcodes from a mobile phone screen.
By mid-September the new island platform on the west side of the station was at an advanced stage of construction along with an extension to the exiting footbridge to serve the new platform with lift and stairs down to platform level.
On September 24th work was continuing to progress on both the platform and new trackwork.