Harborough rail users
Improving the quality of Market Harborough's rail service
Work on the long-awaited electrification of the main line from Kettering to Market Harborough officially started on Saturday 11th December. Much preparatory work had already taken place, including cutting back of lineside vegetation that might interfere with the overhead lines, plus a start on the power supply substation at Braybrooke, just outside Market Harborough. The first job for the electrification teams, who are operating out of site compounds at Rushton, Braybrooke and behind Platform 1 at Market Harborough, is to install the tubular steel piles in the ground to support the overhead line masts. Several of these were already in place at Braybrooke on 11th December. Work continues on this operation, mostly overnight plus some weekend working, until January.
Once complete, the electrification and power supply upgrade will enable the new Aurora trains to operate on electric power south from Market Harborough when they are introduced into service in 2023. By then, we hope the decision to continue beyond Market Harborough will have been made, in accordance with the Government’s promise in its Integrated Rail Plan, published on 18th November 2021, to electrify the whole Midland Main Line.
Early sign of progress: an electrification contractor’s road-rail vehicle heads south past the former level crossing at Glebe Road, Little Bowden, on Saturday 11th December, the day electrification work officially started.
Photo: Steve Jones
Getting ready: the electrification site compound at Braybrooke on 11th December. Overhead line supports can be seen on the left, stored ready for installation. In the middle foreground is one of the first mast support piles, freshly installed, while in the middle distance is a temporary ramp for road-rail vehicles to gain access to the track.
Pictures: Steve Jones