More works to affect train travel this weekend on the Midland Main Line

Rail passengers are being warned to plan and check journey information before traveling this weekend as multi-million pound Midland Main Line upgrades continue. Since April, Network Rail crews have been working on Sunday evenings to replace existing overhead power cables for trains between Bedford and Luton.

This weekend there will be more large works affecting the line in several locations on both Saturday 18 May and Sunday 19 May, with fewer trains to and from London and some parts of the journey involving services replacement by rail bus. The track will have to close completely while overhead power cables are installed between Kettering and Wigston this weekend, while old power lines are replaced further south.

When finally finished, the upgrade will help deliver faster, more reliable, quieter and greener train services. But until then, the work will lead to further problems for people heading into London from Leicestershire stations.

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Gavin Crook, lead sponsor of Network Rail’s East Midlands Route programme, said: “I’d like to thank people for their patience as we make the Midland Main Line better and greener for the future. We always try to plan our work around the quietest hours, which is why we’ve recently been focusing on Sunday evenings, but this last phase of work is more complicated, so we’ll need to use both Saturday and Sunday to complete the work.

“We work closely with train operators so we can keep people on the move and our advice is to plan ahead and check National Rail Questions so they know exactly what to expect on their journey.”

Dave Meredith, director of customer services for EMR, which operates trains on the Midland Main Line, said: “We advise customers planning to travel to or from London next weekend, May 18 and 19, to check their journeys in advance by looking updates. on the EMR website.

“The engineering works will affect EMR services and customers should expect longer journey times with rail replacement buses and altered timetables. We would like to thank our customers for their patience while the engineering work to electrify the Midland Main Line takes place.