The first of eight new sub-stations that will supply power to overhead line equipment on the Midland main line between Bedford and Corby has been installed as the project reaches a significant milestone.
The sub-station has been installed at Low Meadow farm, north of Luton, and is a key step in the electrification of the railway from London to Kettering and Corby via Bedford.
Over the past few years, a huge amount of work has taken place on the Midland main line upgrade. Thousands of foundation piles have been installed, as well as masts which will carry the wires. Dozens of bridges have also been reconstructed to allow for the clearances for the overhead line equipment.
As part of the project, Network Rail has also launched a major safety campaign to highlight the dangers of trespassing on electrified railway. The campaign stresses that electric wires are ‘Always On, So Always Stay Off.’ A safety film, entitled ‘18’, produced as part of the campaign, has already been viewed almost four million times.