VolkerFitzpatrick selected for Cambridge and King’s Lynn upgrade work

WCN Editorial Team 20 May 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Network Rail has appointed VolkerFitzpatrick as principal contractor to upgrade East Anglian railway stations at Waterbeach and Littleport in the UK.

Under the contract, VolkerFitzpatrick will be responsible for extending the platforms at Waterbeach and Littleport stations to allow accommodation of eight-car trains in the peak.

The upgrade work, which received £27m funding from the UK Department for Transport, is a part of a significant enhancement scheme which aims to ease congestion between Cambridge and King’s Lynn.

The scope of work includes the extension of both platforms at Waterbeach station and platform 2 at Littleport station, as well as creating a new siding for stabling at King’s Lynn, to support the longer train formations.

Network Rail Anglia route managing director Meliha Duymaz said: “I know reducing overcrowding and increasing the number of seats available on services between Cambridge and King’s Lynn will make a big difference to passengers travelling on this busy route.

"Getting our contractor on board is a big step forward, and I know we’re all focused on delivering these upgrades for our customers and improving their journeys.”

Work on the project is set to commence in October 2019 and will be completed in the summer of 2020.

VolkerRail, sister company of VolkerFitzpatrick, will complete the signalling, track and OLE works.

VolkerFitzpatrick is already under contract for GRIP 5 design services for the Kings Lynn service Enhancement Project. The new order represents a continuation of that contract.

Govia Thameslink railway infrastructure director Keith Jipps said: "We've had a long-held aspiration to run longer eight-carriage trains on our busy Fen Line between Kings Lynn and Cambridge to give passengers much needed extra space.

“We have been working closely with Network Rail on planning these important platform extension works and are excited that this work will start soon.

"We're ready with the trains and drivers to increase the length of the trains that can run on the line and will be introducing these at the first available opportunity after the work is completed.”

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Image: The stations upgrade at Waterbeach and Littleport will tackle congestion between Cambridge and King’s Lynn. Photo: courtesy of VolkerFitzpatrick.

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