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Briefings held over £1bn Midland Mainline Electrification plan

Network Rail is looking to hold a market engagement briefing with firms, ahead of the start of tendering for the next £1bn next phases of the Midland Mainline Electrification programme.

The upcoming phase 3 of the project will consist of works covering a 139km stretch of the line from South Wigston – Sheffield and is a continuation of the completed London to Corby electrification.

Different contractors have procured the electrification process, each handling specific routes, such as SPL delivering electrification between Kettering and South Wigston.

Phase 3 of the programme will see works being delivered for the overhead line equipment extension to Sheffield and Nottingham, route clearance to accommodate OLE extension, finishing off with increased power supply to support electric passenger services to Sheffield and Nottingham.

Rail infrastructure chiefs will carefully set out the plans for the upcoming phase of the project, before inviting tenders for works at the end of this year, to ensure the smooth running of the works. Being a tremendously expensive endeavour, Network Rail will also be canvassing for ideas on the most efficient delivery method to avoid cost overruns that dogged previous electrification projects.

The next stage of procurement for the Midland Main Line Electrification programme is split into seven routes and includes over 67 structures.

• Route Section 2 (RS2) – Wigston South to Syston 19.5km

• Route Section 3 (RS3) – Syston to Trent Junction 28.7km

• Route Section 4 (RS4) – Sheet Stores Junction to Chaddesden Sidings (Derby) 15.7km

• Route Section 5 (RS5) – Trent Junction to Nottingham 13.1km

• Route Section 6 (RS6) – Chaddesden Sidings (Derby) to Toadmoor Tunnel 16.7km

• Route Section 7 (RS7) – Toadmoor Tunnel to London Road 43.3km

• Route Section 8 (RS8) – London Road to Sheffield North 2.5km

Network Rail will be holding a Midland Main Line electrification market engagement briefing event at Pride Park Stadium, Derby and online as an MS Teams live event on 15th June 2022 at 10:00 and 13:00.

The electrification of these lines is vital regarding the overall ambition of creating greener travel within rail and achieving carbon net zero emissions, as outlined in the Williams-Shapps review.

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