Passengers warned over cancellations

Market Harborough train station.
Market Harborough train station.

Rail passengers who use Harborough train station are being warned of changes to the timetable next weekend as part of a track upgrade.

Next Saturday – Valentine’s Day – will see six journeys affected with no trains calling at Harborough station between 9.32pm until 10.26pm.

The 21.01, 21.26, 21.30, 22.00 and 22.26 northbound services from London St Pancras will not call at Market Harborough.

A replacement bus service will be provided.

The 21.32 southbound train to London St Pancras will also not stop-off at Market Harborough.

Next Sunday will see southbound services to London St Pancras bypassing Harborough from 6am up to and including the 12.01pm.

Northbound, trains leaving London will not call at Harborough from 9am up to and including the 12.30pm service.

A replacement bus service will be operating from Harborough instead.

Rachel Lowe, a Network Rail spokeswoman, said: “This is six weeks of investment, starting on February 14.

“It is for track between Little Bowden and Desborough and some just north of Market Harborough

“Work will take place between 10pm on the Saturday until 2pm on the Sunday, so bus replacements are confined to the last few trains on Saturday night and on Sunday from 07.30am to 2pm.

“The normal Sunday evening service will be in operation.

“Our high output track relaying system – which is a factory in the form of a train – will replace 1,400 yards each weekend between Little Bowden and Desborough to replace pre-1976 track and old sleepers helping to maintain a safe, reliable service for passengers.

“Replacing track this way is much quicker than traditional means and allows us to do the bulk of the work overnight so passengers are not disrupted.”

It comes a week after a big upgrade for the town’s station was revealed in a £46m mega deal from the Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership.