Corby Railway Station to shut for almost two months

Work on the �103m project is expected to begin in September or October and last for seven weeks, although no official timescale or information surrounding bus replacements has been released so far
Work on the �103m project is expected to begin in September or October and last for seven weeks, although no official timescale or information surrounding bus replacements has been released so far

Corby Railway Station will shut for almost two months in the autumn as part of ongoing work to reinstate a second train line.

Work on the £103m project is expected to begin in September or October and last for seven weeks, although no official timescale or information surrounding bus replacements has been released so far.

Buses between Corby and Kettering have replaced trains on several Sundays throughout the year, with the next planned line closure scheduled for Sunday, May 29.

But despite the chaos the closure could cause, Railfuture East Midlands member David Fursdon has welcomed the news.

He said: “This major investment is welcomed and the success of Corby Railway Station, which opened in 2009, is a key factor to these much-needed improvements to infastructure which are going ahead.

“Yes, there will be some disruption for passengers in the short-term but the work is vital to ensure better passenger services are delivered in the future.

“I hope that during the period of closure Corby station will remain open to allow all through-ticketing facilities to continue as usual, although East Midlands Trains have yet to confirm this.

“The Loco Coco Cafe is a valued and well-used facility at the station and I would hope they are able to continue trading to serve the travelling public.”

Currently, an hourly service runs on a single line between Corby and Kettering.

The work will pave the way for additional passenger and freight services from the end of 2017.

The second track on the line between Corby and Kettering was removed in 1986 when traffic decreased with the closure of steelmaking in the town.

A Network Rail spokesman told the Northants Telegraph that the minimum amount of notice of changes to services is 12 weeks, and that an update on how commuters who would normally use Corby Railway Station will travel is expected soon.

The spokesman said: “Work has been ongoing since Christmas to upgrade the line between Kettering and Corby and will continue throughout this year.

“In the autumn we reach an important phase of the project which will have an impact on train services running through Corby and once the plans and timescales are confirmed we will work alongside East Midlands Trains to communicate this to passengers.”