Thursday 19 Jan 2017
Network Rail has begun next phase of Midland Mainline Upgrade between Kettering and Corby
Network Rail has started the next stage of its project to electrify the line between Kettering and Corby as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan.
The work continues with piling - the process of installing foundations – which is being carried out overnight on Saturday. ‘Piling’ involves driving cylindrical steel piles deep into the ground to install a new gantry, which will hold signalling equipment.
Network Rail will also begin to clear vegetation from the side of the railway from Thursday, 26 January to make way for the gantries that will support the overhead wires which carry power to electric trains.
Large trees, as well as small bushes and weeds, must be removed to a distance of 6.5 metres (or the railway boundary) because they can interfere with the safe operation of the network and potentially fall onto the railway during periods of adverse weather.
Spencer Gibbens, principal programme sponsor for the Midland Main Line upgrade, said: “The next phase of the Railway Upgrade Plan for the Midland Main Line will see us prepare the track and the surrounding land for the installation of the overhead wires which will provide power to electric trains.
“We understand that piling and vegetation removal can be disruptive to those living near the railway. For safety reasons, this work must take place when trains are not running, most commonly overnight. I’d like to thank those affected for their patience whilst this vital upgrade work is carried out.”
The next phases of piling are scheduled in late March and early May and Network Rail will write to residents who live near the railway before the work begins.
For those interested in finding out more about vegetation removal, there will be a public event held at Newlands Shopping Centre, Kettering on Saturday, 28 January between 10am and 4pm. Network Rail representatives will be on hand to answer any questions.
Both pieces of work are part of Network Rail’s investment into the Midland Main Line, which will mean more seats for passengers, a smoother journey and a cleaner and quieter railway for those living nearby.
Notes to editors
- Before vegetation work begins, Network Rail will carry out an ecological survey to identify any protected species and make sure appropriate working methods are put in place.
- Vegetation removal work will be carried out between 10.30pm and 7am Monday to Friday, but there may be occasions when it is necessary to work during the weekend. Residents living near the railway will be notified if work is to take place over the weekend.
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We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 19 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, more than 4.6 million journeys are made in the UK. 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.
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