Midland Main Line Upgrade Plan – Bedford to Kettering

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

Wellingborough North Junction

Between 23 December 2018 and 2 January 2019, we successfully completed the planned works at Wellingborough North Junction.

The work was 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.

Track and civils work in your area

As part of the ongoing work to electrify the line by 2020, we need to complete a programme of track renewals and new track installation. We write to our line side neighbours every two months with a programme of work in the local areas. Below is the table of night time working scheduled for your area in March and April. You can read the full letter here.

We will be working overnight in the following locations on the dates/times below. Please note that the locations listed are our rail access points and work will be taking place at any point between the distances given in the table below. Staff and equipment will be accessing via our rail access points.

 

LocationDate
Templars Way (56m 1276yds)02 March – 04 March
16 March - 18 March
23 March - 25 March
01 April - 21 April
27 April - 28 April
Souldrop (57m 1716yds)02 March - 10 March
16 March - 18 March
23 March - 25 March
30 March - 21 April
27 April - 28 April
Wymington (60m 1540yds)02 March - 10 March
16 March - 18 March
23 March - 25 March
30 March - 21 April
27 April - 28 April
Irchester (62m 1100yds)02 March - 21 April
27 April - 28 April
Leyland Industrial Estates (64m 1166yds)02 March - 21 April
27 April - 28 April
Wellingborough Station South (65m 00yds)02 March - 04 March
09 March - 15 April
27 April - 28 April
Finedon Road (65m 61320yds) 02 March - 04 March
09 March - 07 April
12 April - 15 April
27 April - 28 April
Finedon Station Road (68m 220yds)09 March - 11 March
16 March - 18 March
23 March - 07 April
12 April - 15 April
27 April - 28 April
Station Road, Burton Latimer (69m 57yds)09 March - 11 March
23 March - 29 March
06 April - 07 April
13 April -14 April
20 April - 26 April
Kettering Station (72m 217yds) 09 March - 11 March
23 March - 29 March
06 April - 07 April
13 April -14 April
20 April - 26 April

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.

Bridges

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.