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Electrification work on the Midland Main Line continues this month

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Work continues this month on the biggest programme of improvements to the Midland Main Line (MML) since its completion over 150 years ago.

On Sunday 9 and Sunday 16 July, engineers will continue work to prepare for an electrified railway on the Midland Main Line between Kettering and Wigston. This will help to create a cleaner, greener railway for passengers travelling along this section of the Midland Main Line in the future. These key upgrades include improvements to drainage systems as well as important work to bridges to provide clearance for new overhead line equipment. 

These upgrades will mean a reduced East Midlands Railway (EMR) service between London and Sheffield/Nottingham, with diversions in place leading to extended journey times. These services will not be calling at Market Harborough, with buses replacing trains between Kettering and Market Harborough and Market Harborough and Leicester.

Gary Walsh, Network Rail’s Route Director for the East Midlands, said: “These improvements are an important part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade. We’re preparing for a greener railway which is fit for the future, leading to smoother and more reliable journeys in the East Midlands.” 

Passengers are urged to plan ahead, allow extra time, and to check their journey via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator.   

Neil Grabham, Customer Services Director for EMR, said: “We are asking any customers planning to travel to or from London on Sunday 9 July or Sunday 16 July to plan ahead and allow plenty of time to complete their journey. 

“Our trains will be unable to call at Market Harborough station and rail replacement buses will keep passengers moving between Kettering and Market Harborough and Market Harborough and Leicester. 

“We would like to thank our customers for their patience whilst the engineering work along the Midland Main Line is taking place.”

Image credit: Network Rail

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