Next Phase of Electrification Begins on Midland Main Line

Network Rail has commenced work on the next phase of electrification along the Midland Main Line between London and Wigston, Leicestershire.

Following the electrification of the line between London and Corby in 2021, this next phase of work will electrify the 12-mile section between Market Harborough and Wigston to connect the entire Midland Main Line route.

Midland Main Line Electrification
The multi-million-pound programme supports the government’s ambitions for decarbonisation and aims to deliver a greener, more reliable railway

Network Rail has announced that the first drills have now broken ground on this section to drive steel columns up to 7 metres deep into the ground. These columns will serve as a solid foundation for overhead line equipment that will power electric and bi-mode trains in the future.

The piling work will run until August 2023 to enable electric wires to be installed throughout 2023.

Gavin Crook, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail, said:

“Starting this next phase of work is a huge step forward for the Midland Main Line Upgrade. It adds to the important work we’ve already completed to transform journeys between London and Corby, and sees us work towards a fully electrified route.

“We’re excited to offer passengers a more reliable, greener railway which is fit for the future, encourages more people to travel by train, and supports economic growth along the way.”

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