Wednesday 15 Nov 2023
Engineering work continues on weekends throughout November and December
Network Rail is reminding passengers to check their journey before travelling as major engineering work continues between London and the East Midlands.
Over the past two weekends essential work was carried out on several bridges in the Leicestershire area providing clearance for overhead line equipment to be installed which will be used to power new bi-mode trains on the route.
Engineers also replaced a large section of track which will improve passengers’ journeys and have carried out preparation work as part of key upgrades to the Midland Main Line.
Further upgrade work is planned with lines between Leicester and Kettering closing to trains as Network Rail continues to lower sections of track and carry out further bridge work.
To allow the work to take place safely, no trains will be able to run between Kettering and Leicester on Sundays for the remainder of November. To keep passengers moving, rail replacement buses will serve passengers travelling between Kettering, Market Harborough and Leicester. Services will divert via the closed section, adding extra time to journeys.
East Midlands Railway’s (EMR) ‘Connect’ services will also start and terminate at Wellingborough, rather than Kettering or Corby.
The Midland Main Line Upgrade project will see the line between London St Pancras and the East Midlands electrified, allowing for the introduction of bi-mode trains in the future, delivering greener, faster, and smoother journeys for passengers.
Elsewhere on the Midland Main Line, work continues on selected Sundays in November and December between Luton and Bedford to upgrade overhead line equipment which will enable the new fleet of trains to run at speeds of up to 125mph.
Until 08.05 on the mornings of Sunday 26 November and 3 December, buses will replace Thameslink services between Luton and Bedford, with a revised timetable in operation between London St Pancras and Luton.
Passengers are again being encouraged to check their journey before they travel via National Rail Enquiries or their train operator.
Gavin Crook, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail’s East Midlands Route, said: “Our teams have worked extremely hard over the past two weekends and great progress has been made as we continue to deliver the Midland Main Line Upgrade.
“We want to thank passengers for their patience whilst we complete this work and apologise for any disruption caused. We’re urging passengers to check their journey before they travel via National Rail Enquiries or their train operator’s website”.
Dave Meredith, Customer Services Director for EMR said: “An amended timetable will be in place on our Intercity route on Sunday 19 and Sunday 26 November. No trains will call at Market Harborough and journey times will be extended, so please allow extra time when travelling.
“Our Connect services will also start and terminate at Wellingborough, instead of Kettering or Corby.
“Rail replacement buses will run between Kettering, Market Harborough, and Leicester to keep our customers moving.
“We would like to thank our customers for their patience whilst the engineering work along the Midland Main Line is taking place.”
Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41
Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries
Media Relations Manager
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Usually, there are almost five million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.