On 15/16 and 22/23 February, Network Rail will continue work to electrify the route from London to Kettering and Corby via Bedford.
Over these weekends, work will take place to test three new substations along the route, as well as a new 400kV National Grid supply point at Sundon – this will be used to feed power to the railway.
To allow this work to take place safely, an amended timetable will be in place on both weekends:
- Saturday, 15 February and Saturday, 22 February – the line between Leicester and Bedford will be closed. During this time, no trains will run between Bedford and Leicester, with coach replacement services in operation instead.
- Sunday, 16 February and Sunday, 23 February – the line between Leicester and Luton will be closed, meaning that bus replacement services will be in operation between these areas.
- 15/16 and 22/23 February – Trains will not run between Kettering and Corby. Bus replacement services will be in operation.
What did the officials say?
Gavin Crook, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail, said:
“This is a key milestone in the Midland Main Line Upgrade and brings us one step closer to completing this vital project which will bring huge benefits to passengers.
“We’re sorry that this work can’t be done without impacting on passengers and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. I’d like to reassure passengers that we are working hard with East Midlands Railway to keep them moving, but we would urge all those planning to travel to check beforehand via National Rail Enquiries or with East Midlands Railway.”
Lisa Angus, Transition and Projects Director for East Midlands Railway, said:
“The work taking place over these two weekends in February is a crucial milestone towards completing the electrification of the line between London St Pancras and Corby.
“We are asking any passengers travelling over these weekends to check our website before they travel as their journey times will be extended and part of their journey will be via a coach replacement service,
“We appreciate that the work will disrupt our passengers during this time and we are working with Network Rail to ensure we get people where they need to be. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.”
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