Peterborough Railway Station is the only one in the town, and is a popular commuter link for locals and people living in Lincolnshire and surrounding areas. The train station is in the centre of the town, just a couple of minutes walk away from the main Queensgate shopping centre. Peterborough Station is a main rail interchange, with both long distance services via the East Coast Main Line and local services running to the east and west of the town.
Peterborough Railway Station is the only station in the town at present, historically the town was also served by Peterborough East and the Crescent railways stations but these are now closed. Peterborough Railway Station was upgraded considerably in 2012, and is now totally accessible as passengers can travel by lift to all platforms, if required. All services to London and the south stop at platforms 1 - 3, while all trains heading north or cross-country stop at platforms 4 - 7.
Peterborough is on the main line from London to the north, the most prominent train company offering services to the town is London North Eastern Railway, with trains from London or Stevenage through to Edinburgh, York, Leeds, and Lincoln. Thameslink and Great Northern also operate trains from London to Peterborough on the Horsham Line or the Kings Cross Line. Regional train services are provided by Cross Country, East Midlands Trains, and Abellio Greater Anglia.
One of the reasons Peterborough is such a popular destination station for London commuters is because speedy journey times of just 45 minutes from Kings Cross mean it's far quicker than driving. The fact that frequent services run between London and Peterborough throughout the day, is another plus factor. Many visitors to Peterborough travel to the town by train for appointments at the local Passport Office, when overseas travel is required in a hurry.
The frequency and speed of trains to Peterborough from London and the south, as well as its regional and local links make it very popular for day trippers, frequent shoppers and tourists, particularly due to its fine Norman cathedral and historic market town centre. Getting around Peterborough by bus is affordable and easy, with Smart options and day rates locally and to other popular destinations such as Cambridge and Oxford.
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