Plans for �55m rail viaduct go on show

Plans for a new viaduct which planners say will remove one of the worst rail bottlenecks in the country go on show tomorrow (Thursday). Designs for the �55m project to the north of Hitchin, at a track intersection known as Cambridge junction, will go o

Plans for a new viaduct which planners say will remove one of the worst rail bottlenecks in the country go on show tomorrow (Thursday).

Designs for the �55m project to the north of Hitchin, at a track intersection known as Cambridge junction, will go on display at Hitchin Priory.

The project will take the Cambridge Line over the East Coast Main Line which track owners Network Rail say will improve services between Cambridge and London.

Richard Lungmuss, route director at Network Rail said: "The investment we are planning in the Hitchin area is about improving transport links, reducing delays to passengers and increasing the number of services.


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"Rail users the length of the country will feel the benefits of this scheme as we remove the biggest remaining pinch point on the East Coast Main Line. "We're excited at the prospect and now we want rail users and the people of Hitchin to have their say." Residents will be able speak to representatives from the company at the Priory.

Network Rail hopes to apply for permission to build the line later this year with a prospective finishing date sometime in early 2014.

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The exhibition will be open on Thursday from 10am to 8pm, Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm.

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