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

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.

We are continuing to work to extend platform 2, which will allow longer trains with more seats to call there and, in 2020, there will be further improvements to customer toilets and the waiting room on platform 1, a secure cycle hub will also be added.

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.

The work to the car park is part of a much wider project which Network Rail has carried out at the station. This includes work to straighten the track through the station, enabling trains to travel through the area at higher speeds.

Progress update

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 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.

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

To finalise this project, we need to carry out further work and will be working on the following dates and times:

  • Saturday 15 February from 00:01 to 04:40 Monday 17 February
  • Saturday 22 February from 00:01 to 04:40 Monday 24 February
  • Saturday 08 March from 00:01 to 07:20
  • Monday 09 March from 23:50 to 05:25 Tuesday 10 March
  • Tuesday 10 March from 23:50 to 05:25 Wednesday 11 March
  • Wednesday 11 March 23:50 to 05:25 Thursday 12 March
  • Thursday 12 March 23:50 to 05:25 Friday 13 March
  • Sunday 22 March from 00:01 to 07:20

We apologise that due to the nature of the work it will be noisy, but we will make every effort to minimise any unnecessary noise.

The improvement programme for Market Harborough is due for completion spring 2020. We will continue to  keep all of our lineside neighbours updated on progress and any work that is taking place within the area connected with the upgrade.

We would like to thank all of our neighbours for their continued support and patience throughout the project.

Contact us

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