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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
Image copyright Marcus Dawson
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:
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.
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:
Aerial photograph of Hitchin flyover by Marcus Dawson
Bridge span being lifted into position