14th of April 2011
Freightliner class 66536 in platform 5 on the 14th of April 2011
GBRf class 66705 Golden Jubilee in platform 5 on the 14th of April 2011
DRS class 37229 comes into platform 5 with a Network Rail test train on the 28th of April 2011
DRS class 37087 in platform 5 at the rear of the same (top and tail) of a Network Rail test train on the 28th of April 2011
Freightliner class 66564 light engine through platform 5 28 of April 2011
Class 66075 in platform 5 at Peterborough with a freight on the 28th of April 2011
Platform 5 in 2012
GBRf class 66744 in platform 5 at Peterborough on the 10th of December 2012
DB Class 66145 in platform 5 on the 14th of April 2012
Work had not started yet on the new platform 6 and 7 and the new houses that have since been built.
A East Midlands Class 158 806 in platform 5 on the 3rd of March 2012 on a train to Liverpool
Platform 5 in 2013
Class 170 208 with 'The Becks' logos all over it in platform 5 on the 22nd of October 2013.
Work is under way on the new platforms 6 and 7 along side platform 5
Class 56311 was at the head of a a convoy of five locomotives that came through platform 5 without stopping on the 17th of June 2013.
Class 45 133 was behind 56311. Class 33108 was next, with Class 56301 and then Class 31 D5613 in British Railway green at the rear of this convoy
Platform 5 at Peterborough is used by Birmingham Norwich and Cambridge and Stansted Airport and Liverpool trains in both up and down directions. Two units can use this platform at once. This island platform with platform 5 and 4 on, was built when the fast though lines were put in at Peterborough. Freight can also use these platforms and sometimes crew changes are done in platform 5.
Platform 5 and 4 started being used on the 25 June 1972 ready for when the new though lines opened on the 2nd May 1973. Most ECML down trains to Leeds and Scotland use platform four
Platform 4 and 5 were and still is used by up and down Norwich Cambridge and Birmingham Nottingham and Liverpool trains.
Freight and passenger trains and light engines can also use platforms 4 both ways.
Platform Four is on the eastern edge of a island platform with Platform 5 is on the outer western edge.
The buildings on this island platform are of the style of architecture prevalent in the 1960's and 1970's bland and and insipid. But clean and just about fit for there use.
These two platforms are linked to the main station by a long foot bridge over the two fast lines. This footbridge was made longer when the new lines with platform 6 and 7 were put in,in 2014.
There is also a Post office bridge that was out of bounds in BR days, but is now used for push chairs and the yellow mobility truck that carries wheelchairs and old people over who can't use the stairs, as Peterborough station still had no lifts, right to up till 2014!.
Those sevices that use the March line were from 2014 moved to the new platforms 6 and 7 that have been built next platform 5 on the site of the goods loops. As part of a new platform layout at Peterborough station in 2014, some of the platforms numbers have also now been changed but platform 5 has kept the same number.
Platform 5 since 2014 (and platform 4) are still sometimes used by the Birmingham to Cambridge and Liverpool trains to Norwich trains, while the Ipswich to Peterborough Greater Anglia train mostly uses platform 6.
Since 2014 platforn 5 now has had a lift shared with platform 4. This has for many years been needed. Why did it take so long to get lifts put in at Peterborough station
Page updated 13/5/2020