Increasing capacity at Stevenage Station
As part of our £1.2billion East Coast Upgrade, we constructed an extra track and platform at Stevenage to enable more frequent and reliable services to run.
This 126-metre-long platform, together with the construction of 2km of dedicated new track, signalling and overhead line equipment, enables trains from the Hertford North line (known as the Hertford Loop) to terminate and return towards London without taking up capacity on the busy East Coast Main Line.
This improves resilience and reliability on the East Coast Main Line and enables a more frequent service to run between Hertford North and Stevenage, giving passengers on the loop better connections with fast mainline services stopping at Stevenage. Work began in early 2019 which involved regrading the cutting slope, requiring the removal of 71,000 tonnes of soil, the installation of new track drainage and modifications to two overbridge structures at Broadhall Bridge and Six Hills Bridge.
Despite restrictions put in place for COVID-19, this £40million project was delivered over a year earlier than planned and was officially opened on Monday 3 August 2020 by the Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris. The new platform includes a passenger lift and stairs to an extended station footbridge, along with two waiting rooms, three sets of seating, a help point and ticket machine and upgraded traincrew facilities.