Work is progressing well on the Market Harborough Line Speed Improvement Programme

Progress update

We are pleased to announce that rail passengers are now able to travel to, from and through Market Harborough station as a significant stage of the Midland Mainline Upgrade has completed on schedule,

Train services have now resumed following six days of major engineering work which saw Network Rail connect almost 4km of newly laid track into the existing alignment.

Commuters to the station, will note the new straighter line, longer improved platforms, the installation of a new waiting area and features to increase accessibility including a new footbridge with lifts and a ramp from the main carpark to the station is in place.To allow this work to take place safely, no trains were able to run on this portion of the line between 28 May – 02 June. A coach replacement and diversionary routes were in place to keep passengers moving.

Car parking was free throughout the blockade and a complementary coffee was offered to all commuter’s courtesy of East Midlands trains.

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

This enhancement project is part of the wider Midland Main Line Upgrade – the largest programme of work on the line since it was completed in 1870. This investment represents the largest modernisation of the railways since Victorian times and will enable better, more comfortable and efficient journeys from 2020, with more seats and less crowding, supporting the growth of the regional economies, connecting people to more job, education and leisure opportunities.

Further work to complete the station upgrade

Further work is required to ensure that the project is completed as planned in December 2019. The work includes finalising platform 2, creating the additional 200 car parking spaces, as well as adding drainage and telecommunications. The dates of when works will be taking place is below.

Saturday 07 – Sunday 08 September
00:00 – 07:20
Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 September
00:00 – 07:20
Saturday 21 September – 22 September 00:00 – 07:20
Monday 23 September – Friday 27 September -weekday working

23:50 – 05:25
Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 September 00:00 – 07:20
Saturday 05 – Sunday 06 October
00:00 – 07:20
Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 October
00:00 – 07:20
Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 October
00:00 – 07:20
Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 October
00:00 – 07:20
Saturday 02 – Sunday 03 November 00:00 – 07:20
Monday 04 November – Friday 08 November -weekday working
23:50 – 05:25
Saturday 09 – Sunday 10 November
00:00 – 07:20
Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 November
00:00 – 07:20
Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 November
00:00 – 07:20
Saturday 30 – Sunday 01 December 00:00 – 07:20

Completed work

We are pleased to announce that the road was fully opened on Wednesday 12th June.
We realise that this was later than we had planned.

It was important to ensure that before the bridge was opened it was safe, and that it was approved to ensure it remained DDA – Disability Discrimination Act – compliant in terms of the pavement and road.

Design engineers also had to check to ensure that the parapets and kerbing would protect the railway from any incursion. This meant that some additional works were required.

We sincerely apologise for these delays and thank you for your patience while these essential works were carried out.

Looking ahead

The improvement programme at Market Harborough station is due for completion in December 2019. Further work is required to complete the south platform, creation of the additional car park spaces, some drainage and telecom work.

We will continue to keep our lineside neighbours informed throughout and would like to thank all of our neighbours and passengers for their patience and support throughout.

Contact us

Anyone wishing to contact us about the project can do so by calling our helpline on 0345 711 4141.