Monday 22 Jun 2015
Work to upgrade railway between Corby and Kettering enters next phase
A major project which will pave the way for more passenger services between Corby, Kettering and London has entered its next phase as work in the Kettering area will start this week.
Since last September, engineers have been working to reinstate a second track between Kettering and Corby in response to growing demand for passenger and freight services.
The £103m project will pave the way for additional passenger and freight services from the end of 2017.
From June 22 to July 20, piling work to widen and strengthen the existing railway embankment which will allow the existing line to be realigned, and the second line to be installed will be carried out in the Kettering area.
Steve Hughes, Network Rail area director, said: “This vital work will double capacity on this stretch of the network boosting rail travel for thousands of passengers on this route.
“This investment we are making in the region will take a Victorian railway into the twenty-first century paving the way for smoother and better journeys for passengers. We thank our neighbours for their patience.”
The work will be carried out overnight at weekends and on some midweek nights. The piling work inevitably involves some noise, which may cause lineside residents some disturbance. Residents living within 500 metres of the work have been notified via letter.
Currently, an hourly service runs on a single line between Corby and Kettering. The second track on the line between Corby and Kettering was removed in 1986 when traffic decreased with the closure of steelmaking in the town.
Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41
Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries
Network Rail press office - Sam Kelly
Media Relations Manager
0779 564 7014
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.