Bedford to Kettering upgrade

We will be carrying out extensive work to the railway between Bedford and Kettering as part of our Midland Main Line Upgrade Plan

View of Wellingborough station
Wellingborough station

Christmas work at Wellingborough North Junction

Between 23 December 2018 and 2 January 2019, we will be working round the clock to remodel the junction just to the north of Wellingborough station around Finedon Road bridge.

This work is necessary to facilitate the arrival of the fourth line which is being installed between Sharnbrook, Kettering and Corby in advance of electrification. It will allow the line speed to increase from 25mph to 50mph which in turn will increase capacity and contribute to a reduction of journey times, as part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade.

During this time, there will be a full line closure for just four days: 25, 26 and 30 December and 1 January 2019.

On all other days during the holiday period, trains will continue to run at a reduced service level. Please go to for full details of train services and rail replacement arrangements during this time.

Our engineers will be working 24/7 from a compound accessed from Finedon Road throughout the period.

Drop in session

We will be holding a public drop in session for local residents to come and learn more about our work over the Christmas period.

Please join us on:

Tuesday 11 December 2018

15:00 - 19:00

The Lounge at Diana’s Gym, 109E Finedon Road, Wellingborough. NN8 4AL

Christmas works and public event date

Route clearance work in your area

Work continues throughout the area to prepare for the line’s electrification by the end of 2020. We need to ensure that all structures allow enough height for the new overhead electrification equipment to safely pass under, that bridges we pass over are strengthened where required, that we remove all line side vegetation to meet relevant safety standards and all necessary station modifications and track work is completed.


Recent activity includes the successful completion of clearance work Finedon Road bridge, Wellingborough Viaduct, Irchester Viaduct and Cottingham Road bridge.

We have several more structures that require work and will be posting the most up to date information here, as well as notifying local residents in advance of work commencing.

If you have any feedback about our work, please call our 24 hour helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or visit our contact page.