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Train passengers should check before they travel this Christmas as Network Rail engineers will be working on East Midlands Railway improvements

Rail passengers are being urged to check before travelling over the festive period as there will be eight days of changes to services in the region.

Network Rail engineers will install the final sections of the fourth track between Bedford and Kettering as part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade.

As a result, no trains will be able to run between Market Harborough and Bedford or between Bedford and Corby from 10pm on Christmas Eve to 8am on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Rail passengers in East Midlands urged to check before travelling over festive period (22764803)
Rail passengers in East Midlands urged to check before travelling over festive period (22764803)

Bus replacement services will be in place on these routes.

There will also be no train services on Christmas Day or Boxing Day while Network Rail completes maintenance and upgrade projects across the country. There will be no bus replacement services in place on these days.

Then between Thursday, January 2 and Saturday, January 4, buses will replace trains between Bedford and Market Harborough and between Bedford and Corby before 8am and after 9.30pm while further minor work is carried out.

Passengers planning on travelling during this time are strongly urged to check before travelling via National Rail Enquiries or with East Midlands Railway, and to allow additional time for their journey.

Gavin Crook, principal programme sponsor for Network Rail, said: “The work we are doing over the festive period is a key step in the Midland Main Line Upgrade, which will bring huge benefits for passengers across the region.

“There will be eight days of changes for passengers which is why we are urging them to plan ahead as we don’t want anyone to be disappointed. We would like to reassure passengers that this work has been planned meticulously and we are working closely with East Midlands Railway to keep passengers moving.

“We’d like to thank passengers for their patience during this time and apologise for any disruption caused.”

Neil Grabham, customer services director, East Midlands Railway, said: “We are approaching the final stages of the Midland Main Line Upgrade which will allow us to provide quicker journeys and thousands of extra seats from December 2020.

“However, there is still more work to be done, including this Christmas period. So, I would urge passengers to check before they travel and understand the changes to their journeys during the Christmas period.”


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