Midland Main Line Upgrade – proposed new electricity substation to supply the railway: preview at community consultation event on Tuesday 4 July 2017
The Midland Main Line railway is undergoing the largest upgrade since it was completed in 1870. Upgrades to the line include track realignment, station remodelling, capacity works, bridge reconstructions and signalling improvements. In addition, the line from Bedford via Kettering to Corby will be electrified by December 2019 – enabling faster, more efficient trains to operate on the network and a quieter, cleaner environment for lineside neighbours.
The upgrade plans include a number of electrical connections to National Grid’s network. These are at intervals along the railway line. One of those is needed here.
We’re currently developing plans for a new electricity substation to provide electricity supplies to the railway. The site is just north of the rail line, under the National Grid overhead line in Braybrooke parish. The proposed access to the site is from Kettering Road, off the A6.
Before we apply for planning permission around the end of July, we’d like to invite you to a preview of our community consultation event from 2pm – 3pm on Tuesday 4 July at Braybrooke Village Hall, Griffin Rd, Braybrooke, LE16 8LH. The event is open to the public from 3pm. We’d like to share our proposals, give you an opportunity to find out more, ask questions and share your views.
Our project team will be on hand to discuss the proposed new substation. Representatives from Network Rail will also be available to answer questions about the Midland Main Line Upgrade and its electrification programme.
The new substation is one of four new supply points along the railway. The first at Charlton in London is underway. The second here at Braybrooke is needed for October 2020.
The new substation will connect to a proposed new trackside feeder station which Network Rail will build as part of the rail upgrade works. Approximately 150 metres of buried electricity cables will connect the trackside feeder station to the substation. The substation will connect to our existing overhead line at an existing pylon. No new overhead lines are needed.