Travel update: Train services in Harborough should be back to normal on Thursday, say engineers
Rail bosses are confident that train services in Market Harborough should be back to normal on Thursday,
They said that work to stabilise part of the embankment on the Midland Main Line at Braybrooke is progressing well with engineers confident passenger services will be able to use the line on November 9.
Engineers have been working at the Braybrooke site since Thursday November 2 to strengthen part of the embankment so that trains can resume their normal route between Kettering, Market Harborough and Leicester.
A Network Rail spokesperson said: "The repair involves installation of soil nails and netting which will then be tensioned to strengthen the affected area. Testing today has revealed that the grout used to hold the nails in place is curing well. This means that maintenance teams can step-up their work to fully reinstate the track.
"Tonight a tamping machine will run over the track to consolidate the ballast. This will be carefully monitored to inform the work which will continue throughout Wednesday day and night before services resume their usual route on Thursday November 9."
Gary Walsh, route director for Network Rail’s East Midlands route, said: “Engineers have made great progress at Braybrooke and we are confident that trains will be able to run along their usual route from start of service on Thursday.
“I am sorry for the disruption which passengers have experienced in recent days. This site is a complex one and we needed to be sure that the grout and other materials being used to stabilise the embankment were performing as expected before we could give clear information about when trains will start running again.
“Teams will remain on site and we will have monitoring in place for some time yet but, from Thursday, it will be safe for trains to run along their usual route.
“I am grateful for the understanding shown by passengers while we worked through this challenge. Please continue to check your journey before travelling to get the latest information.”
Dave Meredith, customer services director at East Midlands Railway, said: “We would like to thank our customers for their patience whilst this issue is resolved by Network Rail.
"Unfortunately, due to the ongoing repairs, we are required to continue our emergency timetable until Thursday morning. This means diverting our intercity services to and from London. These diversions increase journey times by up to 60 minutes and services will not call at Market Harborough. Services may also depart earlier and arrive at their destinations later than usual.
“All our Connect trains will start/terminate at Wellingborough instead of Kettering and Corby. Our Intercity services will continue to call additionally at Kettering and Corby. Rail replacement buses will operate between Kettering, Market Harborough, and Leicester.
“We have worked closely with our partners at other train operators, and they have agreed our customers can use their EMR ticket on other operators' services to help keep them on the move.
“Customers are advised to please check our website for the latest information before they travel and allow extra time for their journey.”