Work on electrification of train line through Market Harborough to resume

Market Harborough station
Market Harborough station

Promised rail work that will enhance train services to and from Market Harborough that was originally scrapped is set to be restarted.

The electrification of the Midland mainline, as well as the TransPennine Express route across the north of the country, was cancelled from Network Rail’s plans in June.

But now plans are in place to resume these works, in an announcement made today (Wednesday).

The works would see faster rail journeys from Bedford to Sheffield, a route which takes in Market Harborough.

The line north of Bedford to Kettering and Corby will be completed by 2019, which further lines from Market Harborough completed by 2023.

Secretary of State for transport Patrick McLoughlin said: “As a one nation government we are making sure every part of Britain benefits from a growing economy.

“Connecting up the great cities of the north is at the heart of our plan to build a northern powerhouse.

“This government will see the job through and build a better, faster and more reliable railway for passengers in the north and midlands.”

Chairman of Network Rail Sir Peter Hendy added: “The temporary pause in the programme has given us the space to develop a better plan for passengers.

“People can expect more services and faster journeys.

“We face some difficult challenges, and there is more work still to do, but the Secretary of State’s decision means we can now move forward with our plans to electrify TransPennine and Midland Mainline”.