Thursday 11 Oct 2018
Market Harborough residents invited to find out about latest stage of railway upgrade
Network Rail is inviting Market Harborough residents to find out about progress on a project to upgrade the railway in the area.
The Market Harborough Line Speed Improvement Project is part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade. The line through the station will be straightened to allow trains to travel on that section of track at a higher speed.
The Market Harborough Line Speed Improvement Project is part of the £40billion investment programme taking place across Britain's railways. This investment represents the largest modernisation of the railways since Victorian times and will provide reliable, efficient transport infrastructure for the future.
The latest stage of work has seen Network Rail begin to strengthen bridges in the town and workers have begun to dig out the new track bed, where the straightened line will go.
Once completed, the work will see improved access at the station for those with additional access needs and longer platforms to accommodate longer trains. The scheme will also increase the amount of parking at the station by 200 spaces.
Residents wishing to find out more about the scheme, as well as the latest work taking place, are invited to a public information event on Wednesday, 24 October between 14:00 and 19:00. The event will take place in the booking hall at Market Harborough railway station.
Representatives from Network Rail will be on hand to answer any questions which residents may have.
Those wishing to find out more about The scheme, but are unable to attend the event, can call the Network Rail National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or visit https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/our-routes/lne-and-em/midland-main-line-improvement-programme/market-harborough-line-speed-improvement-project/
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.
Every day, there are more than 4.8 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.