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Opened in July 2013 this is the embankment part of the Hitchin Grade Separation. A new section of single line taking Cambridge bound trains over the East Coast Main Line and connecting to the Royston branch.
Railway type and traffic
Predominantly Great Northern units; 313/317/321/365.
There are also engineers trains to or from March Whitemoor yards, these tend to run in the mornings or evenings to or from possessions.
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An open fields between the location and the original route to and from Cambridge.
From the A1(M) Junction 9:
Follow the signs into Letchworth and then take the first left signed to Willian/Lordship Farm. Follow this road into Hitchin and at the traffic lights, after about 2 1/2 miles, continue across. Continue along this road and after passing under the railway turn right at the lights and continue to then end of the road to reach the location parking. You will see the line in front of you. Enter the field and turn right and walk parallel to the line to reach the location.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Poppy Bank, Hitchin map co-ordinates
Currently you can park at the end of Wilbury Way. The office at the end of the road is now occupied.
There is no useful public transport to the location. It is around a 1 1/4 miles walk from Hitchin Station which is served by FCC services from London Kings Cross, Peterborough and Cambridge.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
Nothing in the immediate area. There are a couple of transport type cafes on the trading estate and a small Tesco near the station as well as plenty of food shops in Hitchin.
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Poppy Bank, Hitchin
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This is a single line with traffic only flowing towards Letchworth and beyond - northbound. All of the angles on the line will favour morning lighting for 'sun on the nose' but as the line runs in a generally east to west direction there will be illumination all day. There is little in the way of vegetation growing on the bank, aside from Poppies (hence the name) and grass.
Line speed is 50mph maximum.
The area is open fields and wind noise might be a problem from videographers.
General views - All photographs © Marcus Dawson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west
Stirring up the dust from the new ballast, this was only the 5th train to use the route, a 313 heads for Letchworth.
Fig 2 - Looking west
Earlier than fig 1 showing the curve on the line
Fig 3 - Looking east
The same unit 'going away', and the Poppies that give the bank it's name.
Fig 4 - Looking south east
A southbound 365 on the way to Hitchin. The northbound line here will be the unusual line for use after December 2013.
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