Britain’s railway is a remarkable success story. It is the fastest growing, the safest and one of the most reliable railways in Europe. Passenger numbers have doubled over the last 20 years, with both passenger and freight journeys forecast to keep growing.

To meet rising demand, the Midland Main Line, which runs between London St Pancras, and Sheffield, is undergoing the largest upgrade since it was completed in 1870. The upgrade will enable over 1000 additional seats an hour in the peak into London from 2020, an increase of more than 50%.

Upgrades to deliver these benefits include track realignment, station remodelling, platform construction and lengthening, capacity works, bridge reconstructions, signalling works and electrification of the line from Bedford to Kettering and Corby to power modern electric and bi-mode trains.

The Midland Main Line Upgrade is a part of our long term plan to work together to change, improve and secure prosperity for Britain. By delivering this upgrade and other improvements, the partnership railway will secure almost £85bn* of additional economic benefits for the country. (*Source: Rail Delivery Group)

What are the benefits?

Although more trains are running than ever before, growth in passenger numbers is outstripping supply. Our network, our stations and our platforms are having to deal with more passengers than they were ever designed for. An investment of over £1bn is being made in the Midland Main Line that enable better, more comfortable and efficent journeys from 2020, with more seats and less crowding. This investment will support the growth of the regional economies, connecting people to more job, education and leisure opportunities.

Midland Main Line improvements will mean electrification of the line from Bedford to Kettering & Corby by 2020. Electrifying the railway enables modern, fast trains with increased seating to operate on our network. Bi-mode trains in electric mode are: quieter than diesel trains – benefitting passengers and people living close to the railway and better for the environment – saving fuel and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

Consent for the work

Network Rail will continue to seek to engage with relevant landowners to secure the land and air requirements for the proposed scheme by consent. However, as it has not been possible to secure all of these by negotiation at this stage, Network Rail intends to submit an application for an order under the Transport and Works Act 1992 (TWAO) for the purposes of reconstructing Bromham Road Bridge and also to confer powers and deemed planning permission for the work.

Detailed plans

During the reconstruction works, the section of Bromham Road over the bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic and a diversion will operate. Pedestrian access will be maintained via temporary footbridge throughout the work.  Permanent land acquisition is required to help meet modern safety standards – including the construction of vehicle incursion barriers.

Temporary land access is required to accommodate the temporary pedestrian bridge and store materials/equipment to reduce construction vehicle traffic. Air rights are also required for the intermittent use of a crane in handling heavy materials.


The existing brick arch structure will be demolished to approximately half way down the bridge piers. The new bridge will consist of pre cast reinforced concrete beams that form the deck and parapets. The new bridge deck will sit on pre cast reinforced concrete units that are mounted on the existing brick piers.

The works will take approximately 6 months during which the section of Bromham Road over the bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic and an accompanying diversion will operate. Pedestrian access will be maintained via temporary footbridge which will be constructed and remain in place until completion of the work.


The Railway is a sustainable form of transport. We work hard to reduce our impact on the environment and put rail at the heart of a low carbon economy. A Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) will be developed and will identify appropriate management practices for all key environmental aspects including:

-Traffic management
-Noise management
-Air quality: dust management, materials handling, soil storage plan – including agricultural soils management
-Ecology: invasive species management and protected species and habitat management

How to have your say

We now want your opinion on our proposal to inform our plans. You can engage in the consultation process:

1)    By attending the consultation event to share your views with our representatives.
2)    By completing the online feedback form at the bottom of this page
3)    By emailing your views to:

You can also direct any questions about Network Rail and its work to Network Rail’s 24 hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

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