Market Harborough Line Speed and Station Improvement

Project Summary

The Market Harborough Line Speed and Station Improvement project is a £54m infrastructure enhancement scheme with £13m being contributed from 3 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP), working together; D2N2 LEP (£5m), Sheffield City Region LEP (£5m) and LLEP (£3m) acting as the lead LEP. The scope of the project includes track realignment, signalling alterations, structures, earthworks and significant station. The track realignment will deliver a straighter rail line to allow non-stopping trains to travel faster between London and Sheffield.

The project will improve station as well as access and safety at the station, reducing the gap between platforms and trains, removing the crossing over the railway line and constructing a footbridge and lifts across two platforms.

This project is part of a wider programme of work on the Midland mainline and contributes to the ultimate aim of helping to meet the Department for Transport objective of overall faster journey times between London St. Pancras, Leicester, Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield.

Project Sponsors: Network Rail

LLEP Investment: £3m

Project Status: On-going

Start Date:  July 2017

End Date:   September 2019


  • To improve the journey time for non-stop passenger and freight train services on the Midland Main Line, through the realignment of the rail infrastructure at Market Harborough.
  • To improve timetable capacity and flexibility in the Market Harborough area through the improved journey time and also the provision of a freight loop at Market Harborough
  • To undertake station improvement works at Market Harborough at the same time as the journey time improvement works.

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