Sunday, October 02, 2016

Upgrade of Market Harborough station to go ahead

From the Leicester Mercury:
The multi-million pound upgrade of Market Harborough's railway station can go-ahead as planned after a £9 million funding shortfall was bridged. 
Network Rail said the plan that includes longer platforms, straightening of the line improved disabled access and a new bigger car park can now progress at full speed. 
The £46 million scheme was being held up because there was a gap in funding. 
It's not been revealed whether all that cash has been secured or whether savings in the cost of the overall re-vamp have been found.
I am relieved to hear the existing station building will be retained, though it will no longer be the main entrance.

I am told by those in the know that there is talk of adapting the remaining building in the goods yard, which will be beside the new car park, so that it can house the ticket office and other station facilities.

1 comment:

Phil Beesley said...

I hope the rebuild works out for local people. I'd be a little afraid that an improvement in rail services will increase Market Harborough's appeal as a London or south east commuter town.