Another £1.8m for railway station fund

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Another £1.8million has been poured into the Market Harborough railway station project.

The money has been awarded to East Midlands Trains by the Department for Transport to provide extra parking spaces at the station.

The cash is part of a £46m fund to redesign the railway station site.

It was a plan to the straighten the S-bend through Market Harborough and another bend at Great Bowden that prompted the major scheme.

The straightened railway line, which will reduce journey times from the north to London, will go through the present station car park.

This means creating a huge new car park on the opposite side of the tracks from the current one, accessed by a new entrance on the opposite side of the railway bridge.

The length of the platforms at Market Harborough will be doubled, the awkward step up to trains reduced and the station will become “step free” for wheelchair and pushchair access.

An East Midlands Trains spokesperson said: “We were pleased to receive the offer of additional funding to look at further improvements at Market Harborough station and are currently looking at how this scheme could be delivered”

A Department for Transport spokesperson said: “We are determined to make journeys better for all rail passengers, and ensuring that stations such as Market Harborough are accessible is a vital part of that.

“We remain committed to delivering the Access for All programme, including the improvements at Market Harborough, in full.”

Market Harborough will also benefit from electrification of the Midland Main Line, further reducing journey times to the capital.

Work on the six month project is due to start around September, 2017.