Market Harborough Line Speed Improvement project

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

Photo 1: New accessible footbridge leading to south platform

Photo 2: Work during blockade to remove old Platform 1

Photo 3: New sleepers being laid during blockade

Progress update

We are pleased to announce that 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 have now resumed 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 note the new straighter line, longer improved platforms, 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 is 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. 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.

Great Bowden Road Bridge

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.

D2N2 is pleased to see the completion of the track realignment works at Market Harborough. These works provide improvements to the infrastructure on the Midland Mainline and will be beneficial to all passengers by improving rail connectivity in the East Midlands.

Quote from D2N2

Looking ahead

The improvement programme at Market Harborough station is due for completion in December 2019. Further work is required to complete the south platform, creation of the additional car park spaces, some drainage and telecom work.

We will continue to keep our lineside neighbours informed throughout and would like to thank all of our neighbours and passengers for their patience and support throughout.

Photo 1: The station opens.
Photo 2: Ramp from car park

Contact us

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