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  • Hitchin flyover

    In 2013 we opened a railway flyover over the East Coast Main Line at Hitchin, removing a major pinch point to improve the main line’s performance and capacity

  • Hitchin flyover - Marcus DawsonImage copyright Marcus Dawson


    The challenge of growing demand

    Passenger numbers are growing rapidly across the rail network, including on the East Coast Main Line that links London, the South East and East Anglia with Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland.

    For example, on this line over the last decade:

    • There’s been a 35% increase in the number of people travelling between London and Peterborough
    • Passenger journeys between London and Cambridge have increased by 18%
    • Freight traffic has increased by 60%

    Improving performance and capacity

    Such growth in demand is set to continue, so it’s vital that we improve performance and capacity on the East Coast Main Line. To help achieve this we’ve carried out a number of projects to upgrade the infrastructure, including the Hitchin flyover.

    Better services for passengers

    Completed in 2013, the new flyover removes a major pinch point on the East Coast Main Line. It takes London to Cambridge trains off and over the East Coast Main Line at Hitchin, so they no longer have to cross three lines to switch to the Cambridge line.

    The benefits for passengers include:

    • More punctual and reliable services on the East Coast Main Line
    • Delays reduced by nearly 30,000 minutes each year
    • More services per hour to and from London in the future
    • We can carry out essential maintenance work on the main line without affecting passenger services from Hitchin to Cambridge
  • Gallery

    Aerial photograph of Hitchin flyover by Marcus Dawson

    Bridge span being lifted into position