Corby station on track after five successful years

Rail campaigner Jim Wade at Corby train station
Rail campaigner Jim Wade at Corby train station

Corby rail station celebrates the fifth anniversary of its re-opening on Sunday.

Passenger figures have doubled since its first year and there are ambitious development plans.

In the first year of operating the station was used by 115,400 passengers and the figures for 2012/2013 more than doubled to 232,792.

The statistics bode well for the future with major expansion schemes in the pipeline which are expected to see the number of services to London increasing from one an hour to two.

Recently Network Rail announced Corby station is to benefit as part of a multi-billion pound five-year investment programme which includes the electrification of the Midland Main Line, reaching Corby at the end of 2017 with Nottingham and Derby to follow at the end of 2019 and Sheffield at the end of 2020 and there are also projects to allow more services to run on the routes between Bedford and Kettering and Kettering and Corby.

David Horne, managing director of East Midlands Trains, said: “This is a massive programme of investment that is vital to ensure the railway keeps pace with the further expected growth in passenger numbers and delivers the performance our customers deserve.

“But it’s not just about big numbers. Projects like electrification of the Midland mainline, journey time improvements and steps to allow more trains to run on key routes will make a huge practical difference for people and businesses in our region who depend on the railway.”

Jim Wade, who was chosen by East Midlands Train to adopt Corby Station, was a key figure in the campaign to re-open the station.

He said: “I am very happy with what has been achieved so far but we must keep pressing for further improvements. We would like to see more northbound trains from Corby.

“At the moment there is only one which leaves at 9.26am for Derby.

“There is no doubt the station is a huge success. If you go there in the morning it’s packed with people, not just those leaving, but people arriving to work in Corby.

“With the electrification we expect services from the town will run to Gatwick Airport and on to Brighton. It is a massive investment.”

In December, rail supporters successfully campaigned to plug a two-hour gap in the timetable and the 10.16am service to London St Pancras was introduced.

Work on a new line between Corby and Kettering is due to to start this summer and there are also plans for a second platform.