Harborough rail users
Improving the quality of Market Harborough's rail service
The much-heralded new timetable came into force on Sunday 20th May, with the full effect for most people on Monday 21st. It is the result of the introduction of the next phase of the Thameslink upgrade - itself not without controversy - and brings significant changes to EMT's main line services.
All timetables are inevitably a compromise but until the programme of upgrading work on the Midland Main Line is completed in 2020, there are some significant adverse effects for our services. We lose our peak-direction peak-time calls at Bedford and Luton, with a bus connection from Wellingborough to Bedford. (Luton passengers can double-back via Luton Airport Parkway). However, few of our peak trains call at Wellingborough, so the bus is of little use for people travelling from Bedford to Market Harborough.
We also lose some connectivity with Thameslink stations north of London and there are big gaps in local connections between Market Harborough and Kettering. Harborough Rail Users have raised these points with EMT, who have undertaken to review the timetable and see what improvements can be made at the next timetable change, in December.