Harborough rail users
Improving the quality of Market Harborough's rail service
For those who don’t know, earlier this year Network Rail and the Government announced plans to electrify the Midland Mainline between Bedford and Sheffield during the period between 2014-19. This would, of course, mean the electrification of the service running through Market Harborough station. HRU broadly supports this upgrade to our service but also hopes that this doesn’t delay the other work that desperately needs to be done at Market Harborough station – primarily the up line platform extension and line straightening work through Harborough station. We wait to see how these will be taken forward. In the meantime, we’d be interested in your views on the plans for electrification.
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We have received a reply from the Secretary of State for Transport via Sir Edward Garnier, MP for Harborough, regarding our questions related to the franchise extension and our desire to see improvements for passengers. The letter makes clear that negotiations are yet to take place and that they are likely to begin later in the year. We will of course push to ensure that we are involved in any consultations.