Charities on track for windfall after Hitchin flyover walk

The Hitchin flyover walk. Picture by David Renney

The Hitchin flyover walk. Picture by David Renney - Credit: Archant

TWO charities are on track for a windfall after a walk across a multi-million pound rail flyover.

The Hitchin flyover walk. Picture by David Renney

The Hitchin flyover walk. Picture by David Renney - Credit: Archant

The walk took place on Saturday, with Hitchin’s Holy Saviour Church, Garden House Hospice and Network Rail organising the event.

The Hitchin flyover walk. Picture by David Renney

The Hitchin flyover walk. Picture by David Renney - Credit: Archant

The flyover, based in Hitchin, will be in use by the end of the year, and will serve trains between London King’s Cross and Cambridge.

Around 800 took part in the walk throughout the day, setting off in groups of 20 from the Stotfold Road headquarters. Money raised will be split between the church and the hospice.

Meanwhile, work on installing the new signalling system has started, with the flyover’s embankments, viaduct, new track and overhead line equipment now complete.

And a series of planning applications submitted to North Herts District Council (NHDC) from Network Rail will be determined at a planning control committee next Thursday.

They relate to landscaping, drainage, and ecological works in the Cadwell Lane area.

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A Network Rail spokesperson said: “The Hitchin flyover will make a real difference to passengers who travel on the East Coast Main Line, as well as people travelling to Cambridge and beyond.”