The date for the temporary closure of the Corby to Kettering train line has been revealed.
Back in May, the Northants Telegraph broke the news that Corby Railway Station would shut for almost two months as part of a £103m project to reinstate a second train line.
It has now been announced that no trains will run between Corby and Kettering from September 10 to October 24, with replacement buses running between the two stations.
Rob McIntosh, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “The project is part of our exciting Midland Main Line Upgrade Programme that will allow more trains to run, more frequently as well as reducing journey times on the routes which serve the people of Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby, St Pancras and, of course, Kettering and Corby.
“We have been on site for a year installing a second track between Corby and Kettering and now need to carry out more complex works on the bridges and viaducts along the route.
“The safest and most efficient way to do this is while trains are not running.
“I want to thank passengers for their patience while we complete this phase of the work and assure them we will reopen the line as quickly as possible.”
Despite the closure of the platforms, the ticket office and Loco Loco Cafe will remain open.
David Fursdon, RailFuture East Midlands member, said: “I am pleased to learn the booking office and Loco Coco Cafe will remain open while this essential work is carried out to install a second railway line between Corby and Kettering along with signalling works in the area.
“The rail replacement bus service between Corby and Kettering will enable passengers to connect with rail services at Kettering.
“I would suggest checking rail replacement bus times well in advance of travel plans.
“With Corby station booking office remaining open I am pleased through ticketing to destinations will continue as normal to and from Corby.
“Hopefully disruption will be kept to a minimum until the work is completed.”
Jake Kelly, managing director for East Midlands Trains, said: “This is a key stage in the Midland Main Line improvement programme that will help unlock the potential for future journey time improvements and capacity enhancements.
“Our focus in the lead up to the start of the work will be to keep customers informed about their journey options and to make sure they can keep travelling with the minimum inconvenience.
“Along with Network Rail, we’ll also be speaking to local schools, residents and key businesses about the work taking place and the impact on our train service.”
Network Rail and East Midlands Trains will be holding a public information event at Corby station on Monday, August 15, from 7am to 6pm to give more detail about the work, the replacement bus service and to allow people to ask questions.
As the station car parks at nearby Kettering and Market Harborough stations are already very busy, it is recommended that customers continue to use Corby station and the replacement bus service to guarantee car parking.
The replacement bus service will be published during August.