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The Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line
is a major railway line in England from London to Sheffield
Sheffield
in the north of England. The line is under the Network Rail description of Route 19;[2] it comprises the lines from London's St Pancras station
St Pancras station
via Leicester, Derby/ Nottingham
Nottingham
and Chesterfield
Chesterfield
in the East Midlands. Express passenger services on the line are operated by East Midlands Trains. The section between St Pancras and Bedford
Bedford
is electrified and forms the northern half of Thameslink
Thameslink
(mainly operated by Thameslink and Great Northern), with a fast service to Brighton
Brighton
and other suburban services. A northern part of the route, between Derby
Derby
and Chesterfield, also forms part of the Cross Country Route
Cross Country Route
operated by CrossCountry. Tracks from Nottingham
Nottingham
to Leeds
Leeds
via Barnsley
Barnsley
and Sheffield
Sheffield
are shared with Northern. East Midlands
East Midlands
Local also operates regional and local services using parts of the line.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Midland Counties early developments 1.2 Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line
southern extensions 1.3 Northernmost sections 1.4 Under British Railways and privatisation 1.5 Network Rail
Network Rail
route strategy for freight 2007 1.6 Network Rail
Network Rail
2010 route plan

1.6.1 Electrification 1.6.2 Thameslink
Thameslink
Programme 1.6.3 Station improvements

2 Route definition 3 Accidents 4 Operators

4.1 East Midlands
East Midlands
Trains 4.2 Thameslink 4.3 CrossCountry
CrossCountry
and Northern

5 Route description

5.1 London
London
to Nottingham
Nottingham
and Sheffield
Sheffield
( Network Rail
Network Rail
Route 19)

5.1.1 Tunnels, viaducts and major bridges 5.1.2 Line-side monitoring equipment

5.2 Ambergate Junction
Ambergate Junction
to Manchester 5.3 Leeds
Leeds
to Carlisle

6 Former stations 7 See also 8 Notes and references 9 External links

History[edit] Midland Counties early developments[edit]

Overview of the Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line
in green. In relation to other north-south main lines

British Rail APT-E
British Rail APT-E
built at Derby
Derby
rail technical centre and extensively tested on the Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line
its first run being on 25 July 1972 from Derby
Derby
to Duffield

The Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line
was built in stages between the 1830s and the 1870s. The earliest section was opened by the Midland Counties Railway between Nottingham
Nottingham
and Derby
Derby
on 4 June 1839.[3] On 5 May 1840 the section of the route from Trent Junction
Trent Junction
to Leicester
Leicester
was opened.[4] The line at Derby
Derby
was joined on 1 July 1840 by the North Midland Railway to Leeds
Leeds
Hunslet Lane via Chesterfield, Rotherham Masborough[n 1], Swinton and Normanton. On 10 May 1844 the North Midland Railway, the Midland Counties Railway and the Birmingham and Derby
Derby
Junction Railway merged to form the Midland Railway. Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line
southern extensions[edit] Without its own route to London, the Midland Railway
Midland Railway
relied upon a junction at Rugby with the London and Birmingham Railway
London and Birmingham Railway
line for access to the capital at London
London
Euston. By the 1850s the junction at Rugby had become severely congested. The Midland Railway
Midland Railway
employed Thomas Brassey
Thomas Brassey
to construct a new route from Leicester
Leicester
to Hitchin via Kettering, Wellingborough
Wellingborough
and Bedford.[5] giving access to London
London
via the Great Northern Railway from Hitchin. The Crimean War
Crimean War
resulted in a shortage of labour and finance, and only £900,000 (equivalent to £78,790,000 in 2016)[6] was available for the construction, approximately £15,000 for each mile.[7] To reduce construction costs the railway followed natural contours, resulting in many curves and gradients. Seven bridges and one tunnel were required, with 60 ft cuttings at Desborough and Sharnbrook. There are also major summits at Kibworth, Desbrough and at Sharnbrook where a 1 in 119 gradient from the south over 3 miles takes the line to 340 feet (100 m) above sea level. This route opened for coal traffic on 15 April 1857, goods on 4 May and passengers on 8 May[8] and the section between Leicester and Bedford
Bedford
is still part of the Midland Main Line. While this took some of the pressure off the route through Rugby, the GNR insisted that passengers for London
London
alight at Hitchin, buying tickets in the short time available, to catch a GNR train to finish their journey. James Allport
James Allport
arranged a seven-year deal with the GN to run into Kings Cross for a guaranteed £20,000 a year (equivalent to £1,750,000 in 2016).[6] Through services to London
London
were introduced in February 1858.[9] This line met with similar capacity problems at Hitchin as the former route via Rugby, so a new line was constructed from Bedford
Bedford
via Luton to St Pancras[10] which opened on 1 October 1868.[7] The construction of the London
London
extension cost £9 million[11] (equivalent to £743 million in 2016). As traffic built up, the Midland opened a new deviation just north of Market Harborough railway station
Market Harborough railway station
on 26 June 1885 to remove the flat crossing of the Rugby and Stamford Railway.[12] Northernmost sections[edit] Plans by the Midland Railway
Midland Railway
to build a direct line from Derby
Derby
to Manchester
Manchester
were thwarted in 1863 by the builders of the Buxton
Buxton
line who sought to monopolise on[clarification needed] the West Coast Main Line. In 1870 the Midland Railway
Midland Railway
opened a new route from Chesterfield
Chesterfield
to Rotherham which went through Sheffield. The mid-1870s saw the Midland line extended northwards through the Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Dales
and Eden Valley on what is now called the Settle–Carlisle Railway. Before the line closures of the Beeching era, the lines to Buxton
Buxton
and via Millers Dale
Millers Dale
during most years presented an alternate (and competing) main line from London
London
to Manchester, carrying named expresses such as The Palatine. Express trains to Leeds
Leeds
and Scotland such as the Thames–Clyde Express
Thames–Clyde Express
mainly used the Midland's corollary Erewash Valley line, returned to it then used the Settle–Carlisle line. Expresses to Edinburgh Waverley, such as The Waverley travelled through Corby
Corby
and Nottingham. Under British Railways and privatisation[edit] Most Leicester- Nottingham
Nottingham
local passenger trains were taken over by diesel units from 14 April 1958, taking about 51 minutes between the two cities.[13] When the Great Central Main Line
Great Central Main Line
closed in 1966, the Midland became the only direct main-line rail link between London
London
and the East Midlands and parts of South Yorkshire. The Beeching cuts
Beeching cuts
and electrification of the West Coast Main Line brought an end to the marginally longer London– Manchester
Manchester
service via Sheffield. In 1977 the Parliamentary Select Committee on Nationalised Industries recommended considering electrification of more of Britain's rail network, and by 1979 BR presented a range of options that included electrifying the Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line
from London
London
to Yorkshire by 2000.[14] By 1983 the line had been electrified from Moorgate to Bedford, but proposals to continue electrification to Nottingham
Nottingham
and Sheffield
Sheffield
were not implemented.

A Midland Mainline
Midland Mainline
High Speed Train at Nottingham
Nottingham
in 2005 introduced in 1983 by British Rail

The introduction of the High Speed Train (HST) in May 1983, following the Leicester
Leicester
area resignalling, brought about an increase of the ruling line speed on the fast lines from 90 miles per hour (140 km/h) to 110 miles per hour (180 km/h). Between 2001 and 2003 the line between Derby
Derby
and Sheffield
Sheffield
was upgraded from 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) to 110 miles per hour (180 km/h) as part of Operation Princess, the Virgin-funded CrossCountry
CrossCountry
route upgrade. In January 2009 a new station, East Midlands
East Midlands
Parkway, was opened between Loughborough
Loughborough
and Trent Junction, to act as a park-and-ride station for suburban travellers from East Midlands
East Midlands
cities and to serve nearby East Midlands
East Midlands
Airport.[15] Most recently 125 miles per hour (201 km/h) running has been introduced on extended stretches. Improved signalling, increased number of tracks and the revival of proposals to extend electrification from Bedford
Bedford
to Sheffield
Sheffield
are underway. Much of this £70 million upgrade, including some line-speed increases, came online on 9 December 2013[16] (see below). Network Rail
Network Rail
route strategy for freight 2007[edit] Network Rail
Network Rail
published a Route Utilisation Strategy for freight in 2007;[17] over the coming years a cross-country freight route will be developed enhancing the Birmingham to Peterborough Line, increasing capacity through Leicester, and remodelling Syston
Syston
and Wigston junctions. Network Rail
Network Rail
2010 route plan[edit]

Bridges over the Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line
have been replaced to allow greater clearances for electrification and larger rolling stock. Before (top) and after (bottom) the 2014 upgrade.

Traffic levels on the Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line
are rising faster than the national average, with continued increases predicted. In 2006 the Strategic Rail Authority
Strategic Rail Authority
produced a Route Utilisation Strategy for the Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line
to propose ways of meeting this demand;[18] Network Rail started a new study in February 2008 and this was published in February 2010.[19] [20][21][22] After electrification, the North Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
towns (Wellingborough, Kettering
Kettering
and Corby) are planned to have an additional 'Outer Suburban service' into London
London
St. Pancras, similar to the London
London
Midland's Crewe – London
London
Euston services to cater for the growing commuter market. North Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
is a major growth area, with over 7,400 new homes planned to be built in Wellingborough[23] and 5,500 new homes planned for Kettering.[24] The service will be operated by new Class 387s.[25] Highlights include:[26]

Work related to line speed increases, removing foot crossings and replacing with footbridges Various capacity enhancements for freight Re-signalling of the entire route, expected to be complete by 2016 when all signalling will be controlled by the East Midlands
East Midlands
signalling centre in Derby.[27] Rebuilding Bedford
Bedford
and Leicester.[28] Accessibility enhancements at Elstree & Borehamwood, Harpenden, Loughborough, Long Eaton, Luton
Luton
and Wellingborough
Wellingborough
by 2015.[29] [needs update] Upgraded approach signalling (flashing yellow aspects) added at key junctions – Radlett, Harpenden
Harpenden
and Leagrave
Leagrave
allowing trains to traverse them at higher speeds.[needs update] Lengthening of platforms at Wellingborough, Kettering, Market Harborough, Loughborough, Long Eaton
Long Eaton
and Beeston stations as well as work related to the Thameslink
Thameslink
Programme (see below). Realignment of the track and construction of new platforms to increase the permissible speed through Market Harborough
Market Harborough
station from 60 mph to 85 mph saving between 30 – 60 seconds. Electrification (below) Re-doubling the Kettering
Kettering
to Oakham
Oakham
Line between Kettering
Kettering
North Junction and Corby
Corby
as well as re-signalling to Syston
Syston
Junction via Oakham. This will allow a half hourly London
London
to Corby
Corby
passenger service (from an infrastructure perspective) from December 2017 possibly using Class 387s, and will create additional paths for rail freight.[30][31]

Electrification[edit] See also: Proposed railway electrification in Great Britain

Diesel Class 222 Meridian trains

On 16 July 2012, the Department for Transport
Department for Transport
announced plans to reconfigure the existing electrified section and to electrify most of the line by 2020 at an expected cost of £800 million.[32] In January 2013 Network Rail
Network Rail
expected the electrification to cost £500 million and be undertaken in stages during Control Period 5 (April 2014 – March 2019),[33] with Bedford
Bedford
to Corby
Corby
section electrified by 2017, Kettering
Kettering
to Derby
Derby
and Nottingham
Nottingham
by 2019 and Derby
Derby
to Sheffield
Sheffield
by 2020.[34] In the Route Utilisation Strategy, Network Rail
Network Rail
recommended the Class 801 in 10 car formations for the InterCity services,[35] two 775 metres (848 yd) freight loops south of Bedford
Bedford
and between Kettering
Kettering
and Leicester
Leicester
for longer and heavier freight services, additional infrastructure to accommodate additional freight and passenger train paths and also recommended an additional stop at Kettering
Kettering
for the semi-fast London- Sheffield
Sheffield
service. The electrification plan was part of the wider Electric Spine
Electric Spine
project to create an electrified route from the Port of Southampton
Port of Southampton
to Sheffield
Sheffield
and possibly Doncaster. The project planned to electrify the Varsity Line
Varsity Line
( Bedford
Bedford
– Oxford), the Cherwell Valley/Great Western Main Lines (Oxford/Aynho Junction – Reading) and the Reading to Basingstoke Line. The South Western Main Line
South Western Main Line
between Basingstoke and Southampton would have been converted to overhead AC electrification from third rail DC power.[30] The plans were put on hold in June 2015 by the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin.[36] In September 2015, the Department for Transport announced revised completion dates of 2019 for Corby
Corby
and Kettering
Kettering
and 2023 for the line further north to Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield.[37][38] On 20 July 2017, it was announced that the Kettering-Leicester-Nottingham/Derby- Sheffield
Sheffield
electrification project had been cancelled and that bi-mode trains would be used on the route.[39] The section of line between Clay Cross
Clay Cross
and Sheffield
Sheffield
is planned to be electrified for HS2 by 2033 to enable classic-compatible services to reach Sheffield
Sheffield
along the "M18/Eastern Route", this will leave an approximate 70 mile non-electrified "gap" between Kettering
Kettering
North Junction and Clay Cross.[40] On 6 November 2017 it was announced that Carillion Powerlines had been awarded the contract by Network Rail
Network Rail
for the electrification from Bedford
Bedford
to Kettering
Kettering
and Corby.[41] The contract is valued at £260m. The installation of overhead catenary is due to be completed by December 2019. A separate contract was awarded at the same time to the same company for £62m track upgrades on the same route. The first overhead line mast was installed in November 2017.[42] Thameslink
Thameslink
Programme[edit]

New station building at West Hampstead
West Hampstead
Thameslink

The Thameslink
Thameslink
Programme has lengthened the platforms at most stations south of Bedford
Bedford
to 12-car capability. St Pancras, Cricklewood, Hendon and Luton Airport
Luton Airport
Parkway were already long enough, but bridges at Kentish Town
Kentish Town
mean it cannot expand beyond the current 8-car platform length. West Hampstead
West Hampstead
Thameslink
Thameslink
has a new footbridge and a new station building. In September 2014 the current Thameslink
Thameslink
Great Northern franchise was awarded and trains on this route are currently operated by Thameslink. In 2018 the Thameslink
Thameslink
network will expand when some Southern services are merged into it. Station improvements[edit] In 2013/14 Nottingham station
Nottingham station
was refurbished and the platforms restructured. As part of Wellingborough's Stanton Cross development, Wellingborough station is to be expanded.[43] Ilkeston between Nottingham
Nottingham
and Langley Mill
Langley Mill
was opened on 2 April 2017.[44] Two new stations are planned:

Brent Cross Thameslink
Thameslink
between Cricklewood
Cricklewood
and Hendon
Hendon
as part of the Brent Cross Cricklewood
Brent Cross Cricklewood
development in North London.[45] Wixams between Flitwick
Flitwick
and Bedford
Bedford
as part of the new town just outside Bedford. Expected to be built by 2015[46] but now scheduled for 2019.[47]

Some new stations have been proposed:

Clay Cross
Clay Cross
between Chesterfield
Chesterfield
and Ambergate/Alferton.[48] Irchester
Irchester
(Rushden Parkway) between Wellingborough
Wellingborough
and Bedford.[49] Ampthill
Ampthill
between Bedford
Bedford
and Flitwick.[50]

Route definition[edit] The term Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line
has been used from the late 1840s to describe any route of the Midland Railway
Midland Railway
on which express trains were operated. It is first recorded in print in 1848 in Bradshaw’s railway almanack of that year.[51] In 1849 it begins to be mentioned regularly in newspapers such as the Derby
Derby
Mercury.[52] In 1867 the Birmingham Journal uses the term to describe the new railway running into St Pancras railway station.[53] In 1868 the term was used to describe the Midland Railway
Midland Railway
main route from North to South through Sheffield[54] and also on routes to Manchester, Leeds
Leeds
and Carlisle. Under British Rail
British Rail
the term was used to define the route between St Pancras and Sheffield, but in more recent times, Network Rail
Network Rail
has restricted it in its description of Route 19[2] to the lines between St. Pancras and Chesterfield. Accidents[edit]

26 September 1860 Bull bridge accident; bridge collapse 2 September 1861 Kentish Town
Kentish Town
rail accident; collision 24 December 1910 Hawes Junction rail crash; signalman forgot about train 2 September 1913 Ais Gill rail accident; collision 3 December 1923 Nunnery Colliery 13 December 1926 Orgreave Paddy Mail accident 22 March 2005 Market Harborough
Market Harborough
rail accident 1 February 2008 Barrow upon Soar rail accident

Operators[edit] East Midlands
East Midlands
Trains[edit]

Former First Capital Connect Class 377 Unit 504 at St Albans
St Albans
City

The principal operator is East Midlands
East Midlands
Trains, which operates 5 InterCity trains every hour from London
London
St Pancras with two trains per hour to Nottingham
Nottingham
and Sheffield
Sheffield
and one train per hour to Corby. EMT use Class 222 Meridian trains in various carriage formations for most of its InterCity services. Traditional 8 coach HSTs are used for its Nottingham
Nottingham
fast service as well morning/evening Leeds
Leeds
services. Thameslink[edit] Thameslink
Thameslink
provides frequent, 24-hour[55] commuter services south of Bedford
Bedford
under the name of Govia Thameslink
Thameslink
Railway (GTR) as part of its Thameslink
Thameslink
route to London
London
Bridge, Gatwick Airport, Brighton
Brighton
and Sutton, using 8-car and 12-car electric Class 700 Desiro City trains.[56] CrossCountry
CrossCountry
and Northern[edit] CrossCountry
CrossCountry
runs half-hourly services between Derby
Derby
and Sheffield
Sheffield
on its route between the South West and North East, and hourly services from Nottingham
Nottingham
to Birmingham and Cardiff. Northern runs an hourly service to Leeds
Leeds
from Nottingham
Nottingham
via Alferton and Barnsley. Other operators include TransPennine Express
TransPennine Express
in the Sheffield
Sheffield
area. Route description[edit]

The Victorian London
London
St Pancras terminus opened on 1 October 1868

Wellingborough
Wellingborough
station

Modular design Corby
Corby
station opened in 2009

Leicester
Leicester
station

East Midlands
East Midlands
Parkway station opened in 2007

Nottingham
Nottingham
station

Chesterfield
Chesterfield
station

Sheffield
Sheffield
station

The cities, towns and villages currently served by the MML are listed below. Stations in bold have a high usage. This table includes the historical extensions to Manchester
Manchester
(where it linked to the West Coast Main Line) and Carlisle (via Leeds
Leeds
where it meets with the 'modern' East Coast Main Line). Network Rail
Network Rail
groups all lines in the East Midlands
East Midlands
and the route north as far as Chesterfield
Chesterfield
and south to London
London
as route 19. The actual line extends beyond this into routes 10 and 11. London
London
to Nottingham
Nottingham
and Sheffield
Sheffield
( Network Rail
Network Rail
Route 19)[edit]

Station Village/town/city and county Ordnance Survey grid reference Year opened Step free access No. of platforms Usage 2015/16 (millions) Branches and loops

London
London
St Pancras St Pancras, London

1868

15 31.724 High Speed 1
High Speed 1
diverges north of St Pancras

Kentish Town Kentish Town, London

1868

4 2.844 Branch from to Gospel Oak to Barking line
Gospel Oak to Barking line
north of station

West Hampstead
West Hampstead
Thameslink West Hampstead, London

1871

4 3.710

Cricklewood Cricklewood, London

1868

4 1.057 Dudding Hill Line
Dudding Hill Line
diverges north of Cricklewood

Hendon Hendon, London

1868

4 1.178 Dudding Hill Line
Dudding Hill Line
diverges south of Hendon

Mill Hill
Mill Hill
Broadway Mill Hill, London grid reference TQ213918 1868

4 1.949

Elstree & Borehamwood Borehamwood, Hertfordshire

1868

4 3.382

Radlett Radlett, Hertfordshire grid reference TQ164998 1868

4 1.188

St Albans
St Albans
City St Albans, Hertfordshire grid reference TL155070 1868

4 7.451

Harpenden Harpenden, Hertfordshire grid reference TL137142 1868

4 3.337

Luton Airport
Luton Airport
Parkway Luton, Bedfordshire grid reference TL105205 1999

4 3.188

Luton Luton, Bedfordshire grid reference TL092216 1868

5 3.626

Leagrave Leagrave, Luton, Bedfordshire grid reference TL061241 1868

4 1.915

Harlington Harlington, Bedfordshire grid reference TL034303 1868

4 0.336

Flitwick Flitwick, Bedfordshire grid reference TL034350 1870

4 1.480

Bedford
Bedford
Midland Bedford, Bedfordshire grid reference TL041497 1859

5 3.830 Marston Vale line
Marston Vale line
diverges south of Bedford

Wellingborough Wellingborough, Northamptonshire grid reference SP903681 1857

3 0.969

Kettering Kettering, Northamptonshire grid reference SP863780 1857

4 1.042 Oakham–Kettering line
Oakham–Kettering line
diverges north of Kettering
Kettering
at Glendon Jun

via Corby
Corby
& diversion route

Corby Corby, Northamptonshire grid reference SP891886 2009

1 0.278 Oakham– Kettering
Kettering
line

Oakham Oakham, Rutland grid reference SK856090 1848

2 0.213 Birmingham–Peterborough line

Melton Mowbray Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire grid reference SK752187 1848

2 0.266

Main Line via Market Harborough

Market Harborough Market Harborough, Leicestershire grid reference SP741874 1850

2 0.870

Leicester Leicester, Leicestershire grid reference SK593041 1840

4 5.247 Birmingham to Peterborough Line
Birmingham to Peterborough Line
diverges south of Leicester
Leicester
at Wigston Junction

Syston Syston, Leicestershire grid reference SK621111 1994

1 0.210 Birmingham to Peterborough Line
Birmingham to Peterborough Line
diverges north of Syston

Sileby Sileby, Leicestershire grid reference SK602151 1994

2 0.123

Barrow-upon-Soar Barrow-upon-Soar, Leicestershire grid reference SK577172 1994

2 0.098

Loughborough Loughborough, Leicestershire grid reference SK543204 1872

3 1.298

East Midlands
East Midlands
Parkway Ratcliffe-on-Soar, Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire
(for East Midlands
East Midlands
Airport) grid reference SK496296 2007

4 0.306 Trent Junction
Trent Junction
to Clay Cross
Clay Cross
Junction via Derby
Derby
(the original line), the Nottingham
Nottingham
branch, and the Erewash Valley Line
Erewash Valley Line
each diverge north of East Midlands
East Midlands
Parkway

Via Derby

Long Eaton Long Eaton, Derbyshire grid reference SK481321 1888

2 0.660 Cord south of Long Eaton
Long Eaton
to the Nottingham
Nottingham
branch

Spondon Spondon, Derby, Derbyshire grid reference SK397351 1839

2 0.026

Derby
Derby
Midland Derby, Derbyshire grid reference SK362355 1839

6 3.767 Cross Country Route
Cross Country Route
and Crewe to Derby
Derby
Line diverges south of Derby

Duffield Duffield, Derbyshire grid reference SK345435 1841

3 0.061

Belper Belper, Derbyshire grid reference SK348475 1840

2 0.225

Ambergate Ambergate, Derbyshire grid reference SK348516 1840

1 0.042 Derwent Valley line
Derwent Valley line
diverges at Ambergate
Ambergate
Junction

Via Nottingham

Attenborough Attenborough, Nottinghamshire grid reference SK518346 1856

2 0.112

Beeston Beeston, Nottinghamshire grid reference SK533362 1839

2 0.574

Nottingham
Nottingham
Midland Nottingham, Nottinghamshire grid reference SK574392 1904

7 7.200 Northbound trains for the north reverse towards Langley Mill. Other continue onto the Robin Hood Line, Nottingham–Grantham or Lincoln Lines

Via Erewash Valley (bypassing or calling at Nottingham)

Langley Mill Langley Mill, Derbyshire grid reference SK449470 1847

2 0.116 Erewash Valley and Trent Nottingham
Nottingham
lines rejoin south of Langley Mill.

Alfreton Alfreton, Derbyshire grid reference SK422561 1862

2 0.283

Clay Cross
Clay Cross
Junction to Leeds

Chesterfield Chesterfield, Derbyshire grid reference SK388714 1840

3 1.731 Trent Junction
Trent Junction
to Clay Cross
Clay Cross
via Derby
Derby
and Erewash Valley lines rejoin together south of Chesterfield.

Dronfield Dronfield, Derbyshire grid reference SK354784 1981

2 0.200 Hope Valley line
Hope Valley line
diverges north of Dronfield

Sheffield
Sheffield
Midland Sheffield, South Yorkshire grid reference SK358869 1870

9 9.213 Hope Valley Line
Hope Valley Line
diverges south of Sheffield Sheffield
Sheffield
to Lincoln Line diverges north of Sheffield

Meadowhall Interchange Sheffield, South Yorkshire grid reference SK390912 1990

4 NR 2.138 Hallam and Penistone Lines diverges at Meadowhall

Via Doncaster

Doncaster Doncaster, South Yorkshire grid reference SE571032 1838

8 3.752 Connects to the East Coast Main Line
East Coast Main Line
south of Doncaster

Bypassing Doncaster

Wakefield
Wakefield
Westgate Wakefield, West Yorkshire grid reference SE327207 1867

2 2.519 Connects with the East Coast Main Line
East Coast Main Line
south of Wakefield
Wakefield
Westgate

Leeds
Leeds
City Leeds, West Yorkshire grid reference SE299331 1938

17 29.724 Leeds
Leeds
City lines

Tunnels, viaducts and major bridges[edit] Major civil engineering structures on the Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line
include the following.[57][58]

Tunnels, viaducts and major bridges on the Midland Main Line

Railway Structure Length Distance from London
London
St Pancras International ELR Location

East Bank Tunnel 80 yards (73 m) 158 miles 05 chains – 158 miles 01 chains TJC1 South of Sheffield
Sheffield
station

Bradway Tunnel 1 mile 266 yards (1853 m) 153 miles 61 chains – 152 miles 49 chains North of Dronfield
Dronfield
station

Unstone Viaduct (River Drone) 6 chains 149 miles 75 chains – 149 miles 69 chains Between Dronfield
Dronfield
and Chesterfield
Chesterfield
stations

Former Broomhouse Tunnel

Whitting Moor Road Viaduct

148 miles 45 chains

Alfreton
Alfreton
Tunnel 840 yards (768 m) 135 miles 50 chains – 135 miles 11 chains (via Toton) TCC Erewash Valley Line
Erewash Valley Line
between Alfreton
Alfreton
and Langley Mill
Langley Mill
stations

Cromford
Cromford
Canal

132 miles 67 chains (via Toton)

Erewash Canal

128 miles 09 chains (via Toton) Erewash Valley Line
Erewash Valley Line
south of Langley Mill
Langley Mill
station

Clay Cross
Clay Cross
Tunnel 1 mile 24 yards (1631 m) 147 miles 22 chains – 146 miles 21 chains SPC8 Between Chesterfield
Chesterfield
and Belper
Belper
stations

River Amber

140 miles 40 chains

Wingfield Tunnel 261 yards (239 m) 139 miles 59 chains – 139 miles 47 chains

Toadmoor Tunnel 129 yards (118 m) 138 miles 12 chains – 138 miles 07 chains

River Derwent / Broadholme Viaducts 6 chains, 7 chains 136 miles 47 chains – 136 miles 41 chains, 136 miles 18 chains – 136 miles 11 chains

Swainsley Viaduct (River Derwent) 4 chains 134 miles 61 chains – 134 miles 57 chains Between Belper
Belper
and Duffield stations

Milford Tunnel 855 yards (782 m) 134 miles 25 chains – 133 miles 67 chains

Burley Viaduct (River Derwent) 4 chains 131 miles 58 chains – 131 miles 54 chains Between Duffield and Derby
Derby
stations

Nottingham
Nottingham
Road Viaduct 3 chains 128 miles 43 chains – 128 miles 40 chains

River Derwent Viaduct 3 chains 128 miles 06 chains – 128 miles 03 chains

Trent Viaduct 11 chains 119 miles 08 chains – 118 miles 77 chains SPC6 Between Long Eaton
Long Eaton
and East Midlands
East Midlands
Parkway station

Redhill Tunnels 154 yards (141 m), 170 yards (155 m) 118 miles 74 chains – 118 miles 66 chains

River Soar

112 miles 74 chains SPC5 Between East Midlands
East Midlands
Parkway and Loughborough
Loughborough
stations

Flood openings 2 chains 112 miles 60 chains – 112 miles 58 chains

Hermitage Brook Flood Openings 3 chains 111 miles 41 chains – 111 miles 38 chains South of Loughborough
Loughborough
station

River Soar

109 miles 55 chains North of Barrow-upon-Soar
Barrow-upon-Soar
station

River Wreak

104 miles 60 chains South of Sileby
Sileby
station

Knighton Tunnel 104 yards (95 m) 98 miles 07 chains – 98 miles 02 chains SPC4 South of Leicester
Leicester
station

Knighton Viaduct 4 chains 97 miles 34 chains – 97 miles 30 chains

Wellingborough
Wellingborough
Viaducts (River Ise) 6 chains 64 miles 57 chains – 64 miles 51 chains SPC2 South of Wellingborough
Wellingborough
station

Irchester
Irchester
Viaducts (River Nene) 7 chains 63 miles 67 chains – 63 miles 60 chains

Sharnbrook Tunnel (Slow line only) 1 mile 100 yards (1701 m) 60 miles 04 chains – 59 miles 00 chains WYM Between Wellingborough
Wellingborough
and Bedford
Bedford
stations

Sharnbrook Viaducts 9 chains 56 miles 25 chains – 56 miles 16 chains SPC2

Radwell Viaducts 6½ chains 55 miles 03 chains – 54 miles 76½ chains

Milton Ernest Viaducts 8 chains 54 miles 25 chains – 54 miles 17 chains

Oakley Viaducts 6 chains 53 miles 35 chains – 53 miles 29 chains

Clapham Viaducts (River Ouse) 6 chains 52 miles 04 chains – 51 miles 78 chains

Bromham Viaducts (River Ouse) 7 chains 50 miles 79 chains – 50 miles 72 chains

River Great Ouse
River Great Ouse
Viaduct 5 chains 49 miles 38 chains – 49 miles 33 chains SPC1 Between Bedford
Bedford
and Flitwick
Flitwick
stations

Ampthill
Ampthill
Tunnels 715 yards (654 m) 42 miles 52 chains – 42 miles 19 chains

Hyde/Chiltern Green Viaduct (River Lea) 6 chains 26 miles 72 chains – 26 miles 66 chains South of Luton Airport
Luton Airport
Parkway station

Elstree Tunnels 1058 yards (967 m) 12 miles 06 chains – 11 miles 38 chains South of Elstree & Borehamwood
Borehamwood
station

Stoneyfield/Deans Brook Viaduct 4 chains 10 miles 36 chains – 10 miles 32 chains Between Elstree & Borehamwood
Borehamwood
and Hendon
Hendon
stations

Welsh Harp/Brent Viaduct (River Brent) 10 chains 6 miles 31 chains – 6 miles 21 chains South of Hendon
Hendon
station

Belsize Slow Tunnel 1 mile 107 yards (1707 m) 3 miles 34 chains – 2 miles 29 chains Between West Hampstead
West Hampstead
Thameslink
Thameslink
and Kentish Town
Kentish Town
stations

Belsize Fast Tunnel 1 mile 11 yards (1619 m) 3 miles 32 chains – 2 miles 33 chains

Lismore Circus Tunnel[59] 110 yards (101 m) 2 miles 22 chains – 2 miles 17 chains

Hampstead Tunnel 44 Yards (40 m) 1 mile 76 chains – 1 mile 74 chains

Camden Road Tunnels 308 yards (281 m) 1 miles 13 chains – 0 miles 79 chains South of Kentish Town
Kentish Town
station

Line-side monitoring equipment[edit] Line-side train monitoring equipment includes hot axle box detectors (HABD) and wheel impact load detectors (WILD) ‘Wheelchex’, these are located as follows.[58][60][57]

Line-side monitoring equipment on the Midland Main Line

Name / Type Line Location (distance from St. Pancras) Engineers Line Reference

Dore HABD (out of use?) Down Main 154 miles 72 chains TJC1

Belper
Belper
HABD (to replace Duffield HABD) Up Main 134 miles 70 chains SPC8

Duffield Junction HABD (removal planned) Up Main 132 miles 63 chains

Langley Mill
Langley Mill
HABD Up Erewash Fast, Up & Down Erewash Slow 129 miles 27 chains TCC

Loughborough
Loughborough
HABD Up Fast, Up Slow 111 miles 05 chains SPC5

Barrow-upon-Soar
Barrow-upon-Soar
HABD Down Fast, Down Slow 108 miles 72 chains

Thurmaston Wheelchex Down Fast, Up Fast, Up & Down Slow 101 miles 78 chains

East Langton HABD Down Main, Up Main 86 miles 20 chains SPC3

Harrowden Junction HABD Down Fast, Up & Down Slow 67 miles 36 chains

Oakley HABD Up Fast, Up Slow 53 miles 60 chains SPC2

Chiltern Green HABD Down Fast, Down Slow 27 miles 69 chains SPC1

Napsbury HABD Up Fast, Up Slow 18 miles 00 chains

Ambergate Junction
Ambergate Junction
to Manchester[edit]

The complex network of road and rail around Ambergate
Ambergate
Junction, formerly where Manchester
Manchester
expresses left the mainline

For marketing and franchising, this is no longer considered part of the Midland Main Line: see Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway The line was once the Midland Railway's route from London
London
St Pancras to Manchester, branching at Ambergate Junction
Ambergate Junction
along the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway, now known as the Derwent Valley line. In days gone by, it featured named expresses such as The Palatine. Much later in the twentieth century, it carried the Midland Pullman.

Town/City Station Ordnance Survey grid reference

Ambergate Ambergate

Whatstandwell Whatstandwell

Cromford Cromford

Matlock Bath Matlock Bath

Matlock Matlock

Closed section stations

Darley Dale Darley Dale

Rowsley Rowsley

Bakewell Bakewell

Hassop Hassop

Great Longstone Great Longstone
Great Longstone
for Ashford

Monsal Dale Monsal Dale

Millers Dale Millers Dale

Blackwell Mill Blackwell Mill

Buxton Buxton

Peak Forest Peak Forest

Chapel-en-le-Frith Chapel-en-le-Frith
Chapel-en-le-Frith
Central

Now part of the Hope Valley line
Hope Valley line
or other lines

Chinley Chinley

Bugsworth Buxworth (Now Closed)

New Mills New Mills
New Mills
Central

Strines Strines

Marple Marple

Romiley Romiley

Bredbury Bredbury

Brinnington Brinnington

Reddish Reddish
Reddish
North

Gorton Ryder Brow

Belle Vue/Gorton Belle Vue

Stockport Stockport
Stockport
Tiviot Dale

Manchester Manchester
Manchester
Central (Now Closed)

This line was closed in the 1960s between Matlock and Buxton, severing an important link between Manchester
Manchester
and the East Midlands, which has never been satisfactorily replaced by any mode of transport. A section of the route remains in the hands of the Peak Rail
Peak Rail
preservation group, operating between Matlock and Rowsley
Rowsley
to the north. Leeds
Leeds
to Carlisle[edit] For marketing and franchising, this is no longer considered part of the Midland Main Line: see Settle–Carlisle Railway.

A geographical representation of the aborted Midland Main Line diversion through the West Riding, which would have put Bradford
Bradford
on a through line and provided a direct connection to Scotland. (Existing lines shown in black and the diversion in red).

Map showing the proposed Midland line into Bradford

World War I prevented the Midland Railway
Midland Railway
from finishing its direct route through the West Riding to join the Settle and Carlisle (which would have cut six miles from the journey and avoided the need for reversal at Leeds). The first part of the Midland's West Riding extension from the main line at Royston (Yorks.) to Dewsbury
Dewsbury
was opened before the war. However, the second part of the extension was not completed. This involved a viaduct at Dewsbury
Dewsbury
over the River Calder, a tunnel under Dewsbury
Dewsbury
Moor and a new approach railway into Bradford
Bradford
from the south at a lower level than the existing railway (a good part of which was to be in tunnel) leading into Bradford
Bradford
Midland (or Bradford
Bradford
Forster Square) station. The 500 yards (460 m) gap between the stations at Bradford
Bradford
still exists. Closing it today would also need to take into account the different levels between the two Bradford
Bradford
stations, a task made easier in the days of electric rather than steam traction, allowing for steeper gradients than possible at the time of the Midland's proposed extension. Two impressive viaducts remain on the completed part of the line between Royston Junction and Dewsbury
Dewsbury
as a testament to the Midland's ambition to complete a third direct Anglo-Scottish route. The line served two goods stations and provided a route for occasional express passenger trains before its eventual closure in 1968. The failure to complete this section ended the Midland's hopes of being a serious competitor on routes to Scotland and finally put beyond all doubt that Leeds, not Bradford, would be the West Riding's principal city. Midland trains to Scotland therefore continued to call at Leeds
Leeds
before travelling along the Aire Valley to the Settle and Carlisle. From Carlisle they then travelled onwards via either the Glasgow and South Western
Glasgow and South Western
or Waverley Route. In days gone by the line enjoyed named expresses such as the Thames–Clyde Express
Thames–Clyde Express
and The Waverley.

Leeds
Leeds
along the Airedale line

Here is Apperley Junction for the Wharfedale line

Shipley: here is the triangular junction for the branch line serving Bradford
Bradford
Forster Square Saltaire Bingley Crossflatts Keighley

Here is the Worth Valley Branch junction to Oxenhope.

Steeton & Silsden Cononley Skipton

Here is Settle Junction for the line to Morecambe

Giggleswick Clapham

Here was the junction for Ingleton and an end-on junction via Sedbergh to Low Gill on the London
London
and North Western Railway (LNW) West Coast Main Line

Bentham Lancaster Green Ayre

At this point the line divided: a triangular junction for the two lines:

Morecambe Heysham
Heysham
Port, including a station for Middleton Road Heysham

Settle Horton-in-Ribblesdale Ribblehead Dent Garsdale

At Hawes station, on the branch to the east of the main line, there was an end-on junction with the North Eastern Railway (NER) line across the Pennines
Pennines
to Northallerton

Kirkby Stephen Appleby Langwathby Armathwaite Cumwhinton Carlisle

Former stations[edit] As with most railway lines in Britain, the route used to serve far more stations than it currently does (and consequently passes close to settlements that it no longer serves). Places that the current main line used to serve include

London
London
to Leicester Camden Road Haverstock Hill Finchley Road Welsh Harp Napsbury Chiltern Green Ampthill Oakley Sharnbrook Irchester Finedon Isham and Burton Latimer Glendon and Rushton Desborough East Langton Kibworth Great Glen Wigston Magna Leicester
Leicester
to Trent Junction Leicester
Leicester
Humberstone Road Cossington Gate Hathern Kegworth Trent Derwent Valley Breaston (later Sawley – see Long Eaton) Draycott Borrowash Derby
Derby
Nottingham
Nottingham
Road Wingfield Stretton Clay Cross Erewash Valley Long Eaton
Long Eaton
(Original Midland Counties Railway
Midland Counties Railway
station not the present one) Stapleford and Sandiacre Stanton Gate Trowell Ilkeston Junction and Cossall- reopened as Ilkeston Shipley Gate Codnor Park and Ironville Pye Bridge Westhouses and Blackwell Doe Hill Chesterfield
Chesterfield
to Leeds Staveley Eckington and Renishaw Killamarsh West Beighton Woodhouse Mill Treeton Sheepbridge Unstone Beauchief Millhouses Heeley Attercliffe Road Brightside Holmes Rotherham Masborough Parkgate and Rawmarsh Kilnhurst Swinton West (reopened Swinton)

The following on the original North Midland Railway
North Midland Railway
line

Wath North Darfield Royston and Notton Oakenshaw (originally for Wakefield) Normanton Methley North Woodlesford - station still open

Looking south along the Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line
at St. Albans

The Erewash Valley Line, part of the Midland Main Line. Seen here at Stapleford

British Rail
British Rail
High Speed Train near Chesterfield

Leeds
Leeds
railway station, a former key reversal point on the Midland Main Line on the route north

See also[edit]

Great Central Main Line
Great Central Main Line
– Former competing main line

Notes and references[edit]

Notes

^ Quickly the Sheffield and Rotherham Railway
Sheffield and Rotherham Railway
ran its branch line to Sheffield
Sheffield
Wicker

References

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Main inter-regional railway lines in Great Britain

High Speed 1 Cross Country Route East Coast Main Line Great Eastern Main Line Great Western main line Midland Main Line West Coast Main Line

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Railway lines in the East Midlands

Primary

Chiltern Main Line Cross Country Route East Coast Main Line Midland Main Line West Coast Main Line

Local

Birmingham–Peterborough line Buxton
Buxton
line Crewe– Derby
Derby
line Derwent Valley line Doncaster–Lincoln line Glossop line Ivanhoe line Northampton loop Nottingham–Grantham line Nottingham–Lincoln line Oakham– Kettering
Kettering
line Poacher Line Robin Hood Line Sheffield–Lincoln line South Humberside Main Line

Freight only

Leicester–Burton upon Trent line Shirebrook to High Marnham

Heritage

Battlefield Line Railway Chasewater Railway Churnet Valley Railway Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Foxfield Railway Great Central Railway
Great Central Railway
(Leicester) Great Central Railway
Great Central Railway
(Nottingham) Lincolnshire Wolds Railway Midland Railway
Midland Railway
– Butterley Nene Valley Railway Northampton and Lamport Railway Peak Rail Rushden, Higham & Wellingborough
Wellingborough
Railway Rutland
Rutland
Railway (Cottesmore)

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Railway lines in Yorkshire and the Humber

Primary

To London

East Coast Main Line Midland Main Line

To Exeter

Cross Country Route

Others

Inter-regional

Hallam Line Hope Valley line Leeds–Morecambe line Doncaster–Lincoln line Sheffield–Lincoln line Settle–Carlisle line

Intra-regional

Airedale line Askern branch line Barton line Calder Valley line Dearne Valley line Esk Valley line Harrogate line Huddersfield line Hull–Scarborough Leeds– Bradford
Bradford
lines Leeds–Northallerton Railway Northallerton–Eaglescliffe line Penistone Line Pontefract line Selby Diversion Selby Line South Humberside Main Line Swinton–Doncaster Wakefield
Wakefield
line Wharfedale line York–Scarborough

Defunct

Barnsley–Doncaster Bradford– Leeds
Leeds
& Wakefield Brockholes–Holmfirth Dearne Valley Railway Gilling and Pickering Harrogate–Church Fenton Hull– Barnsley
Barnsley
(Cudworth) Hull and Holderness Hull and Hornsea Knaresborough–York Leeds–Harrogate Malton–Driffield Middlesbrough–Guisborough Middlesbrough–Guisborough–Normanby Huddersfield–Bradford Lockwood–Meltham Nunthorpe–Battersby Otley–Ilkley Pilmoor–Knaresborough Queensbury lines Rosedale Railway Scarborough–Whitby Seamer–Pickering Selby–Driffield Selby–Goole Shipley Windhill Line Sowerby Bridge–Rishworth Skipton–Grassington Skipton–Ilkley Thirsk and Malton line Wetherby–Cross Gates (Leeds) Whitby–Loftus Woodhead line York–Market Weighton–Beverley York–York (Foss Island)

Heritage

Derwent Valley Light Railway Elsecar Heritage Railway Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Middleton Railway North Bay Railway North Yorkshire Moors Railway Wensleydale Railway

Light railways

Kirklees Light Railway Nidd Valley Light Railway North Holderness Light Railway Sand Hutton Light Railway

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Railway lines in London

Main lines

Primary

High Speed 1 East Coast Main Line Great Eastern Main Line Great Western Main Line Midland Main Line West Coast Main Line

Secondary

Chatham main line Chiltern Main Line Crossrail
Crossrail
(under construction) South Eastern main line South Western main line West Anglia Main Line West London
London
Route Thameslink London, Tilbury and Southend Line

Branch

Regional

Aylesbury Line Bexleyheath line Caterham line Dartford Loop Line Epsom Downs Branch Hampton Court branch line Hertford Loop Line Lea Valley lines North Kent Line Oxted line Shepperton branch line Staines–Windsor line Sutton and Mole Valley lines Tattenham Corner line Watford DC line

Intra-London

Acton–Northolt line Bromley North Line Catford Loop Line Chessington branch line Chingford branch line Crystal Palace line Dudding Hill Line East London
London
line Gospel Oak to Barking line Greenford branch line Greenwich line Hayes line Hounslow Loop Line Kingston loop line North London
London
line Northern City Line Nunhead to Lewisham Link Romford–Upminster line South London
London
line West London
London
line

Disused

Addiscombe Line City Widened Lines Croxley Green Line Crystal Palace High Level branch line Greenwich Park branch line North London
London
Line (City Branch) Palace Gates Line Staines & West Drayton Line Stanmore branch line Uxbridge (Vine Street) branch line Watford to Rickmansworth Line West Croydon to Wimbledon Line Woodside & Sanderstead Line

London
London
Transport portal

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Current rail infrastructure projects in the United Kingdom

Projects

Great Western main line Crossrail Croxley Rail Link East West Rail
East West Rail
(Oxford-Cambridge) Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme High Speed 2 Northern Hub Northern Powerhouse Rail (Hull-Liverpool) Northern line extension to Battersea Rotherham Tram-train South Wales Metro Thameslink
Thameslink
Programme Trafford Park Line

Electrification

Blackpool North–Preston Bedford–Corby Glasgow Queen Street–Edinburgh via Falkirk High Gospel Oak–Woodgrange Park Guide Bridge–Stalybridge Manchester
Manchester
Victoria–Leeds Manchester
Manchester
Victoria–Preston Great Western Main Line
Great Western Main Line
(including Didcot Parkway–Oxford Hayes & Harlington–Bristol/Cardiff Reading–Newbury) Rugeley Trent Valley–Walsall Welsh Valleys

Stations

Battersea Power Station Birmingham Curzon Street Birmingham Interchange Brent Cross West Broadway Canary Wharf Cassiobridge Corwen Kenilworth Maghull North Nine Elms Old Oak Common Watford Vicarage Road Winslow Woolwich

.