This Christmas and New Year, 100 Network Rail workers will forego time at home with their families to carry out vital improvements to the railway near Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, as part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade.

Engineers will carry out an upgrade to the track layout north of Wellingborough railway station. This will replace 10 switches and crossings – the equipment that allows trains to move from one piece of track to another.

The project will create the capability for six trains to London St Pancras per hour, up from the current five by the end of 2020.

One person who is putting passengers before family this over the festive period is Katie Tingle, Network Rail Scheme Project Manager.

She said: “Planning this work has been a real team effort for over a year now. My role has been to support the coordination of all aspects of the construction activities including the delivery of materials. We have planned the work in a way that will minimise any disruption to our passengers and freight operators in this area.  

“I am proud to play a part in reaching this major milestone for the Bedford to Kettering upgrade, which will make rail journeys better for passengers going forward.”

Passengers planning on travelling on the Midland Main Line this Christmas are advised to check before they travel as the work takes place. There are changes to services between Sunday, 23 December and Tuesday, 1 January. Passengers can visit National Rail Enquiries or check with their train operator.

A breakdown of how journeys will be affected can be found by visiting nationalrail.co.uk/Christmas and by following #XmasRailWorks on Twitter.

Elsewhere in Wellingborough, work will be carried out over the Christmas period to demolish Irthlingborough Road bridge. The bridge needs to be demolished and reconstructed to allow a safe distance between overhead line equipment and the structure in anticipation of electrifying the line between Bedford and Kettering.