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Upcoming preparatory works for the Midland Main Line electrification

To further accommodate the ongoing Midland Main Line upgrade, this weekend will see engineers install half of the foundations needed to support an electrified railway between Kettering and Wigston.

The foundational works will support the masts, which will carry the electric wires needed to provide the line with cleaner and greener energy to support future hybrid trains traversing the route. Upon the culmination of this coming weekend, Network Rail engineers will have successfully installed up to 640 foundations, through the piling process.

Concurrent to these works, between Kibworth and Market Harborough, teams will progress with clearing the way for the electrification through cutting back and managing the overhanging lineside vegetation.

Gavin Crook, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail said:

“Installing half of our foundations is a significant milestone which takes us one step closer to delivering a cleaner, greener railway for both passengers and our lineside neighbours.

“We’re packing in as much work as we can over the weekend and there will be some changes to services through Market Harborough. Please plan ahead, check your journey before setting off and allow extra time.”

To ensure the works are conducted in a safe manner, there will be no train services running from Market Harborough station on Sunday 29th January, seeing services to and from London diverted via Melton Mowbray and Corby, and EMR Connect services will only run between London and Wellingborough.

To avoid disruptions where possible, passengers are being advised to plan their journey’s ahead.

Neil Grabham, Customer Services Director for EMR said:

“We are asking any customers planning to travel to or from London on Sunday 29 January to plan ahead and allow plenty of time to complete their journey.

“Our trains will be unable to call at Market Harborough station on Sunday 29 January and our Intercity services to and from London will be diverted via Melton Mowbray and Corby. Our EMR Connect services will only run between London and Wellingborough.

“Rail Replacement buses will keep passengers moving between Market Harborough and Kettering / Leicester.

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

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