Harborough rail users
Improving the quality of Market Harborough's rail service
Electrification of part of the Midland Main Line has moved a tentative step closer with the plans being prepared by National Grid for a feeder substation at Braybrooke, just outside Market Harborough. The location is where a high-voltage National Grid power-line crosses over the railway and the plan is for a substation and associated equipment plus an access road from the A6. A drop-in session was held at Braybrooke Village Hall on 4th July, with representatives from National Grid and Network Rail plus advisers and consultants on hand to answer people's questions. The substation is due to be completed by October 2020 and is intended to feed the power supply for the Corby line pending electrification of the main line through Market Harborough*.
(*See update 24th July 2017: electrification of the main line north of Kettering has been abandoned by the DfT.
The Braybrooke substation is still planned, however, and the DfT has advised that the bi-mode trains will be able to switch power mode at speed. They would therefore be able to continue running electrically north from Kettering as far as Braybrooke before 'pan down'.)