Midland Main Line Upgrade

Explore the upgrade

It’s full speed ahead on the Midland Main Line Upgrade. We’ve started the biggest programme of improvements to the line since its completion in 1870. Discover all of the nuts and bolts below by using our graphic to learn about everything that’s happening, as well the benefits that the upgrade will bring you.

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Lineside neighbours

As part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, we’re electrifying the track so that quieter, more environmentally-friendly trains can run through your neighbourhood.

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More seats

As part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, we’re lengthening trains to add up to 50% more seats per hour during peak times. All of which means a more comfortable journey for you.

Kettering to Corby Capacity Project Bedford to Kettering Capacity Project
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Longer platforms

As part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, we’re extending station platforms at Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering and Corby. Longer platforms mean longer trains and more seats for you on board.

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Station upgrade projects

Derby Resignalling – We’re carrying out a major track and resignalling scheme at Derby Station. This will deliver a more efficient track layout, increased line speed and enable reduced journey times.

Market Harborough – We’re increasing the speed of the line through the station to enable quicker services with more seats at peak times, delivering better car parking and improved facilities for the mobility impaired.

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Electrification

As part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, we’re creating capacity for more, longer trains. This means up to 50% more seats per hour during peak times between Bedford and Corby and a more comfortable journey for you.

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Freight

As part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, we’re increasing freight capacity across the region. That means less lorries on the roads, a boost for freight and the local economy.

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What you’ll see as a result of the upgrade

You can look forward to a wide range of benefits as part of the Midland Main Line upgrade including more seats, quieter trains, and on the whole a more reliable and quicker service for both passengers and lineside neighbours.

Contact us

If you’re interested in finding out more about our MML upgrade, please contact us by visiting our contact us page or by calling our 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.