London to Corby TWAO

Transport and Works Act Order applications supporting the Midland Main Line Upgrade.

To support the largest upgrade of the Midland Main Line since it was completed in 1870, we have submitted an application for an order under the Transport and Works Act 1992 in order to confer powers and deemed planning permission, which will enable work to be carried out in specific locations including Bromham Road Bridge and Souldrop Level Crossing in Bedford.

To meet rising demand, the Midland Main Line Upgrade incorporates track realignment, station remodelling, platform lengthening, capacity works, bridge reconstructions, signalling works and electrification of the line from Bedford to Kettering and Corby to power modern trains.

This will enable an increase in the number of seats an hour into London during peak times and see greener, quieter trains operating on the line.

Key benefits

In the specific case of Bromham Road Bridge, electrified wires cannot currently pass safely beneath the structure. Our proposals are therefore to reconstruct the bridge at an increased (by approximately 30cm) height and in order to carry out the work we require a mixture of temporary and permanent access (to land and air rights).

Souldrop Level Crossing spans two high speed lines as well as one lower speed line and traverses steep terrain. Since the Midland Main Line Upgrade will see a further railway track constructed between Kettering and Corby, and the line electrified, this will create further potential risk at this location - we plan to close the crossing, extinguish the existing footpath and divert pedestrians over nearby Back Lane.

In both locations Network Rail continues to engage with relevant landowners to secure the land and air requirements for the proposed schemes by consent. However, as this has not yet been secured through negotiation, we are submitting an application for an order under the Transport and Works Act 1992.

Our plans


A Construction Environmental Management Plan will be developed and will identify appropriate management practices for all key environmental aspects including:

  • Traffic management
  • Noise management
  • Air quality: dust management, materials handling, soil storage plan – including agricultural soils management
  • Ecology: invasive species management and protected species and habitat management

The railway is a sustainable form of transport. We work hard to reduce our impact on the environment and put rail at the heart of a low carbon economy.

Public consultation

The public consultation supporting the Transport & Works Act Order application concluded on 31 May 2018, and you can still view the consultation materials for Bromham Road Bridge and Souldrop Level Crossing via our consultation portal links below:

A summary of the feedback submitted during consultation is included in the Consultation Report which forms part of the Transport and Works Act Order application documents.

Have your say

Following our public consultation, Network Rail have submitted a TWAO application to the Secretary of State for Transport on 22 June 2018.

Copies of the application and supporting documents are available to view and download by following the links below.

View TWAO application and inquiry documents


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