Network Rail has announced plans to spend more than £500m electrifying the Midland Mainline, which runs through Kettering and Wellingborough.
The line between London St Pancras and Sheffield is currently only electrified as far north as Bedford, and Network Rail says extending this further would improve reliability and cut journey times.
The Kettering to Corby line is also set to be electrified and an extra track added to the route, according to a strategic business plan published by Network Rail this morning (Tuesday, January 8).
Christopher Groome, chairman of the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Rail Action Committee, said the proposals were wide-ranging.
“Things really are very positive,” he said. “There’s more happening than we had campaigned for.”
The improvements to the Midlands Mainline are part of a £37.5bn nationwide improvement plan for the years 2014 to 2019.
As well as Wellingborough and Kettering, other East Midlands Trains stations including Market Harborough, Leicester, Derby and Nottingham would benefit from extended electrification.