03rd June 2019
Services to and from Market Harborough station have resumed this morning following six days of major engineering work undertaken by Network Rail. This involved the connection of almost 4km of newly laid track and has created a straighter rail alignment through the station, facilitating higher speeds. A new fully accessible footbridge has also opened, making it easier for passengers to use the station.
During the works, no trains were able to run on this part of the line and diversionary routes were in place along with rail replacement coaches where necessary. The work is part of the overall Midland Main Line Upgrade, the biggest investment in the line since the Victorian era.
Gavin Crook, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail, said:
“We are absolutely delighted that this vital stage of the Midland Main Line Upgrade has now completed and that passengers are once more able to use Market Harborough station. We know that this work has caused some disruption and we would like to thank all those affected for their patience. Network Rail and East Midlands Trains have worked together to keep passengers moving and get this vital project, which will improve journeys for all passenger using the Midland Main Line, completed. Today also marks the opening of a new, accessible footbridge at the station which will make travelling much easier and improve passenger experience.”
Lisa Angus, Franchise Programmes Director for East Midlands Trains, said:
“We are really pleased that Market Harborough station is back open from today and we are grateful for the patience and understanding of our customers. Customers in Market Harborough can now use the footbridge, lifts and the extended platforms which make it easier for passengers to get on and off the train. Later this year, we will also open the larger car park, providing an additional 200 spaces. The improvements are also good news for customers across the Midland Main Line as the newly aligned, straighter track allows for quicker journeys between London St Pancras, Leicester, Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield.”
Author: Darren Porter
Image: Network Rail