Network Rail has announced that major upgrade work between London and the West Midlands is continuing throughout November and December.
Recently, engineers have been working to improve clearance in a number of bridges in Leicestershire to ensure that new overhead line equipment can be brought in to power new bi-mode trains, with a large section of track also being upgraded on the Midland Main Line. This work will see trains stopped between Leicester and Kettering on Sundays so that work can be completed safely.
This project of upgrades is being undertaken to electrify the line between the East Midlands and London St Pancras, with this providing a foundation for the introduction of bi-mode trains in the future. These trains will help to support the delivery of greener, faster, and smoother journeys on the line.
Principle Programme Sponsor for Network Rail’s East Midlands Route, Gavin Crook, said:
“Our teams have worked extremely hard over the past two weekends and great progress has been made as we continue to deliver the Midland Main Line Upgrade.
“We want to thank passengers for their patience whilst we complete this work and apologise for any disruption caused. We’re urging passengers to check their journey before they travel via National Rail Enquiries or their train operator’s website.”
Network Rail has also confirmed that work is being undertaken between Luton and Bedford to upgrade overhead line equipment, with this bringing the capability for new trains to run at speed of up to 125 miles per hour.
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