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New rail destinations for commuters to begin next spring from Cambridgeshire to London

Peterborough passengers will be able to travel directly to central London and Gatwick Credit: ITV News Anglia

For decades rail users travelling south from Cambridge and Peterborough have found Kings Cross the end of the line.

But from next spring a short, new stretch of railway will make it possible to access a lot more destinations.

In addition Govia Thameslink which operates the services says new rolling stock and greatly increased passenger capacity is also on the way.

Three quarters of Govia Thameslink's rolling stock is be ing replaces Credit: ITV News Anglia

"People from Peterborough will be connected directly to Gatwick, directly to the south of England, directly to the Southbank and the Thames without the need to use a tube."

– Stuart Cheshire, Passenger Services Director for Thameslink and Great Northern

Passenger numbers into Kings Cross have increased by 70 % in just 14 years, six times what was anticipated.

Govia Thameslink, which operates the services, says following a year long consultation timetables are being ripped up and re-written from scratch to provide more trains when they're needed.

Three quarters of the company's rolling stock is also being replaced at a cost of £1.4 billion.

Introducing all of these improvements is expected to take until the end of 2019, but passengers should start to feel the benefits in just six months time.