Date set for electrification of line between Leicester and St Pancras
Network Rail announced today that the Midland Mainline through Leicester will be operating high speed electric trains by the end of 2019.
A report by the company said the extension of electrification from Bedford to Nottingham will see two trains an hour to St Pancras within seven years.
Electrification via Derby to Sheffield will be completed by December 2021.
Outlining the £500million programme, Martin Frobisher, Network Rail route managing director, said: "Today we have a diesel railway with ageing infrastructure.
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"In just seven years time we will be operating one of the most modern electric railways in Europe.
"The signalling will be controlled from our state of the art control centre in Derby.
"The overhead line will be constructed using the latest technology for reliability and efficiency.
"We will use efficient, high output techniques to renew and upgrade the track."
He said the plans set out investments for the future, particularly focussing on new technology and electrification and creating more capacity.
A key aim will cut travel times between Leicester to London to under an hour.
Station improvements will see the straightening of the track at Market Harborough.
Mr Frobisher added: "Electrification plans will cut the cost of running the railway by up to £60m every year and slash carbon emissions by 13,000 tonnes per year – equivalent to the annual emissions of 15,000 cars."