Harborough rail users
Improving the quality of Market Harborough's rail service
MAY 2018 TIMETABLE Introduction of new Thameslink timetable results in changes to East Midlands Trains services
East Midlands Trains (EMT) have announced some significant changes to train services from 20 May 2018. This is because of the introduction of a new Thameslink timetable, which will see 18 trains per hour (tph) through the central London Thameslink tunnel. As most of these will run onto the Midland Main Line towards Luton and Bedford, there will be pressure on track capacity until upgrade work is completed in 2020.
Full details remain unknown until the new timetable is made available in February 2018.
However, EMT have stated that:
"From the timetable change on 20 May 2018 until the completion of the Midland Main Line Upgrade in 2020, East Midlands Trains peak-time services to and from London will no longer call at Bedford or Luton. Direct East Midlands Trains rail services will continue to run from Leicestershire and Northamptonshire to London, and will continue to call at Luton Airport Parkway throughout the day. Off-peak and weekend services will continue to call at Bedford and Luton. During the morning peak, northbound services from Bedford and Luton will continue, and during the evening peak, southbound services to London will still call at Bedford and Luton.
Customers using East Midlands Trains services to commute from the north to Bedford during peak hours will be provided with an alternative, fully accessible coach service that will connect with rail services at Wellingborough. This will run every 30 minutes between Wellingborough and Bedford and any monthly or annual season ticket holders using the replacement coach service will be eligible for a 50% discount on their season ticket."
The main effects for Market Harborough are:
A second site visit took place at the station on 5th December, this time only with Network Rail. It covered a wider range of topics associated with the realignment and upgrade scheme. We explored further our aspirations for a lift from the booking office to the platforms; toilets on the southbound platform and better facilities generally at the new entrance from the new car park; platform shelter; provision for service buses and rail-replacement buses; short-stay parking and cycle facilities.
We are grateful to Network Rail for their willingness to meet with us again on this important scheme.