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 improvements. 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 facilities 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 wide footbridge and lifts across two platforms to improve access.  The car park will also be improved with new surface and greater capacity.

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 Stats

Project sponsors Network rail
LLEP investment £3 million
Project status Completed
Start date July 2017
End date December 2019


Project Outcomes

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.