Tuesday 25 Jan 2022
Better facilities at Market Harborough station this May
Market Harborough station will soon have a brand-new toilet block and waiting room as work to bring better facilities for passengers has begun.
Network Rail will demolish the old facilities and build a new toilet block, which will include an accessible toilet and baby changing facility, as well as a waiting room with seats and a drinking fountain. These improvements will provide a more pleasant experience for station users.
Despite some early challenges, work is now progressing on site and is expected to be finished by the end of May 2022.
In recent years Market Harborough station has had a major upgrade, with straighter tracks allowing trains to travel through at a higher speed, a new accessible footbridge, and 200 extra car parking spaces.
To allow teams to carry out the work safely, the area will be fenced off throughout and a clear diversion route will be in place.
Gary Walsh, Route Director for Network Rail’s East Midlands route, said: “I’m so pleased to see this project underway. The new facility is just one element of a whole range of changes we’ve made at Market Harborough to provide a better station for passengers.
“Delays to this project have been frustrating and I hope station users will join me in welcoming this new progress. We’ll continue to work closely with East Midlands Railway to make real improvements that meet the needs of all station users.”
Neil O’Brien OBE, Member of Parliament for Harborough, Oadby and Wigston, said: “This is great news, that I know will be welcomed by many constituents. We’ve seen a lot of investment into the station and a number of improvements, and this is another important part of enhancing the passenger experience in Market Harborough.
“I had a very useful meeting at the station recently with Network Rail and East Midlands Railway to discuss this and a number of other areas, that I look forward to working with them on to further improve our station.”
Lisa Angus, Transition and Projects Director for East Midlands Railway, said: “We have been working alongside Network Rail to deliver a vastly improved Market Harborough station over the last few years and we’re happy work has begun on the new toilets and waiting room.
“Our passengers have been very patient waiting for the work to start on the new facilities and we would like to thank them for their continued support whilst the improvement works are taking place."
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