Work on Midland Main Line continues Image Network Rail

Commission and test two new substations between Bedford and Ampthill

Network Rail is continuing with work on a £1.5 billion upgrade of the Midland Main Line, this weekend (11/12 July 2020) work will take place to commission and test two new substations on the route between Bedford and Ampthill. Work will also take place to improve the track on the route, as well as to install further overhead line equipment.

To allow the work to take place safely, some lines on the Midland Main Line will be closed. Network Rail, East Midlands Railway and Govia Thameslink Railway are urging passengers to check before travelling whilst this work takes place.

  • Saturday, 11 July – Trains to/from Sheffield and Nottingham will start/terminate at Market Harborough. Rail replacement buses will run between Market Harborough and Luton, and trains operated by Thameslink will run between Luton and St Pancras.
  • Sunday, 12 July – Trains to/from Sheffield and Nottingham will start/terminate at Corby, and will not call at Leicester or Market Harborough. Rail replacement buses will run between Loughborough and Luton and between Corby and Luton. Trains operated by Thameslink will run between Luton and St Pancras.

Thameslink customer services director, Jenny Saunders, said:

“From 11pm on Saturday, 11 July, we will have a reduced service between London Blackfriars and Bedford, and from midnight until 8:15am on Sunday, 12 July, there will be buses instead of trains between Luton and Bedford.”

Passengers are urged to continue to avoid public transport where possible. Those who are using public transport should wear face coverings to protect themselves and others. However, some passengers are exempt, including young children, people with disabilities, both visible and hidden, and those with breathing difficulties.

Overhead line equipment carries 25,000 volts of electricity, enough to seriously injure or kill anyone coming into contact with it. Network Rail has launched a safety campaign, Always On, which warns people of the dangers of trespassing on the tracks, particularly where the railway is electrified.