Railways around Peterborough & The National Rail Network & Heritage railways in the UK
2000 till 2013 at Peterborough
Platform 5 in 2009
Cross Country class 170 112 coming out of platform 5 at Peterborough in 2009
This service was now being run by Cross Country a railway operating company who had taken over from Central Trains. This service is from Birmingham to Peterborough and Cambridge and on to Stanstead Airport.
Platform 5 at Peterborough was used by Birmingham Norwich and Cambridge and Stansted Airport and Liverpool trains in both up and down directions. This island platform with platform 5 and 4 on, was built when the fast though lines were put in at Peterborough.
This class 170 636 was is in Cross Country and Central Colours on 21st June 2008 in platform 5 at Peterborough railway station.
The Central Trains logos have only been removed from this class 170, with then just the silver grey panel added, leaving the blue and green Central Trains colours with the green and yellow doors
East Midland Trains class 158780 starts out of platform 5 at Peterborough
Class 158 780 was in it new East Midland colours, as it left platform 5 at Peterborough station.
DR73113 is a Plasser & Theurer 09-3X-D-RT Tamper / Liner/ DTS owned by Network Rail comes into platform 5 at Peterborough station in 2009 coming from the March and Ely line.
Platform 5 in 2010
DRS class 47 501 light engine comes though platform 5 at Peterborough station on the 16th August 2010
Direct Rail Services or DRS is a UK freight operating company which was in 1995 created by British Nuclear Fuels Limited with 5 class 20s. As it got more locomotives and work, it ownership was then transferred to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in April 2005. 47501 was painted in DRS Compass blue livery.
Derect Rail Services class 47 501 light engine in platform 5 at Peterborough station on the 16th August 2010 heading north.
The class 47s were called Brush Type 4s when new. This one was numbered D1944 when it first entered traffic new in June 1966. It got its number of 47 501 from Febuary 1974 under TOPs. It has had at some time, the name Craftsman.
East Coast DVT 82210 in platform 5 at Peterborough station on 25th November 2010 at the rear of a down train.
Not many East Coast trains down used Platform 5 at this time, most East Coast trains use platform 4. Platform 3 was often the second choice at this time, but on this day there was broken down train near Hutingdon. An East Coast HST at been terminated in platform 4 from the north, and there was a train in platform 3 and a East Midlands 153 in platform 2. No passenger trains were going south of Peterborough that day at this time.
This East coast train was in the then new siver grey colours. An East Midlands Trains HST set was on hire to East Coast ,while each set of class 91 and mark 4s and DVTs were being repainted in 2010 to 2013
East Midlands Trains HST sets as well as on hire to East Coast, were also on hire to Virgin East Coast and now to LNER in 2018.
Be for Peterborough got three extra platforms in 2014 it used to get like musical chairs, when it all went pear shape! There were not enough platforms to go round at Peterborough station, all four were often in use at one time with trains waiting on the river bridge for a spare platform and north of the station.
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