Straighter and faster for Midland Main Line at Market Harborough

The new platforms at Market Harborough have been straightened and extended for increased speeds. However, the southern end of the Up platform is still to be completed.  On June 17, Class 222 No. 222010 observes a temporary 50mph speed restriction with the 15.00 Sheffield-St Pancras train. CHRIS MILNER

Market Harborough station reopened to passengers on June 3 after a six-day blockade to connect the newly realigned station to the Midland Main Line (MML). 

Originally planned as part of the MML electrification programme, the elimination of tightly curved platforms in the Leicestershire town allows higher line speeds and increases safety for passengers using the station. 

During the blockade, Network Rail connected more than two miles of new track to the alignment either side of the station and commissioned two new platforms and a fully accessible footbridge.

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