Midland Mainline improvement/disruption update

By Maggie Don on April 10, 2017

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This is the latest update to the essential work to improve the Midland Mainline railway. This work is continuing, and this work will significantly increase the capacity and improve journey times on the line, alongside electrification of the line.

Unfortunately this does mean some disruption to residents that live alongside the line. The work involves clearing vegetation alongside the rails, as well as constructing masts to carry the electric wires.

As well as benefiting travellers using the railway by increasing its capacity and journey times, the work will help to reduce the cost and maintenance of the railway and be more environmentally friendly. So whilst there will be immediate-term disruption, there are also longer term benefits to the work.

Devegetation work is continuing, and the piling work for the overhead line electrification between Kettering to Corby is due to start on the 13th May. Before the piling work begins, Network Rail will hold a series of public events that you can attend to find out more, or discuss this programme with them.

The following events will be held:

  • Saturday 6th May @ The Newlands Shopping Centre, Gold Street, Kettering - 9:30am to 4:00pm
  • Tuesday 9th May @ The West Glebe Sports Centre, Cottingham Road, Corby - 3:00pm to 6:30pm
  • Wednesday 10th May @ Brook Weston Academy, Coomb Road, Corby - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

If any neighbours to the railway have any concerns about this work, then they ask you to contact their National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41, also you can contact them by e-mail at joe.cookson@networkrail.co.uk.

Photo by tvanhoosear

I have lived in the borough for almost 40 years, and raised my family here. I was first elected to Kettering Borough Council in 1994, and was deputy leader of the Labour group, and lead spokesperson for housing and the voluntary sector, for many years. Now retired, but for many years I was the CEO for Kettering Centre for the Unemployed running education courses and providing support to those with little or no basic qualifications. I was elected to the new Kettering Town Council for Wicksteed & St Michaels and to Burton Latimer Town Council in May 2021.

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