June 26, 2013

First trains run over Hitchin flyover

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First trains run over Hitchin flyover Marcus Dawson

PASSENGER services have begun using the new £47m Hitchin flyover, which will carry London – Cambridge services across the busy East Coast Main Line (ECML) and eliminate conflicting movements through the flat junction, which had become a major bottleneck.

Infrastructure manager Network Rail says First Capital Connect will operate up to three services per day over the new 2km single-track link in preparation for the start of full commercial services in December, when the flyover will be used by almost 600 trains per week.

The connection is expected to have a significant impact on punctuality, reducing delays by nearly 30,000 minutes per year. It will also provide capacity for additional services when new timetables are developed.

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