Work continues to progress at Market Harborough
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.
What have we completed so far?
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 resumed successfully 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 have noted the new straighter line, 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 were put 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 2019. 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 worked together to keep passengers moving and get this vital project, which will improve journeys for all passenger using the Midland Main Line, completed.
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.
The extended car park at Market Harborough station opened on Sunday 15 December.
Over the last year, the station has been transformed as part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade and the completion of the car park is a major milestone towards the final completion of the project.
Before the upgrade, there were 300 car parking spaces at the station while the extension has provided an additional 200 spaces. These extra spaces will mean more station users can park there, making travelling to and from the station much easier.
On 16 November 2020 East Midlands Railway, officially opened a brand-new £300,000 secure cycle hub at the station.
The indoor hub was jointly funded by EMR, the Department of Transport and Harborough District Council through a programme managed by Sustrans and provides 100 cycle parking spaces.
This brand-new hub will help more people to safely store their bikes – making their commute easier, while also keeping people more active and helping to reduce traffic in and around the area.
The hub is overlooked by CCTV and access is by fob only which passengers can obtain at the station.
Plans for Community restoration
During the upgrade at the station in 2018 – 2019 two old British Railway platform trolleys were removed from the site and left in the long grass on the access road to the old carpark.
Steve Jones the chair of the Rail User Group contacted us asking if these could be retrieved and restored to their former glory and be used for planting.
Access was given and the trolleys were retrieved. A local retired engineer, Phil Clark has very kindly offered to repair and restore these and they will take pride of place ready for Harborough in Bloom next summer, providing a pleasant greeting for passengers to the newly refurbished station.
We will update you on the progress being made.
Anyone wishing to contact us about the project can do so by calling our helpline on 0345 711 4141.