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Cambridge rail station gets new footbridge

A 15t, 18m footbridge was carefully lifted into place at Cambridge rail station over the weekend in a project that will upgrade services between Cambridge and London Liverpool Street stations.

The 18m covered walkway will connect the station entrance and existing platforms with a new island platform, which will provide extra capacity for the railway when it opens in December.

The work at the station is part of a project which will see the West Anglia line between Cambridge and London Liverpool Street station capable of running 12-car trains by December 2011. The existing track layout in and around the station is constrained, especially at peak times.

Adding two new 270m bi-directional platforms means trains can arrive and depart in either direction, freeing up vital capacity on the existing platforms and making sure Cambridge station can cater for additional rail services in the future. The next major stage of the project is set to take place this weekend, when signalling, track and overhead line alterations will take place.

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