Main Works to Begin on Electrifying Midland Main Line between Kettering and Market Harborough

On 24 December, the main works to electrify the Midland Main Line between Kettering and Market Harborough – roughly 9 miles of double track – will begin.

The current plan is to subsequently continue the electrification of the MML up to Nottingham and Sheffield.

The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps visited the Leicester hub of Network Rail contractor SPL where he observed wiring gantries being manufactured for the project.

Paul McKeown, Investment Director for Network Rail’s Eastern Region, said:

“It’s our pleasure to welcome the Secretary of State to Leicester. This next phase of electrification will bring real benefits to passengers and the communities we serve in the East Midlands. Teams will be working throughout Christmas to install the equipment which will carry the electric wires as far north as Market Harborough.”

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