Tuesday 14 Feb 2017
Barfords Bridge set to be replaced as Kettering to Corby upgrade progresses
A huge 800 tonne crane will help replace a railway bridge on the route between Kettering and Corby as the Railway Upgrade Plan continues in Northamptonshire.
Barfords Bridge which crosses the A6003 Rockingham Road near Geddington will be replaced as part of the project to install a second track and electrify the line between Kettering and Corby, part of the Railway Upgrade Plan.
To allow the work to be completed, the A6003 will be closed for two weekends to allow the reconstruction to take place. Signposted diversion routes will be available between:
- Thursday 16 February at 9pm and Monday 20 February at 6am
- Thursday 23 February at 9pm and Monday 27 February at 6am
The bridge is being replaced so that it can support an increased number of train services which the installation of the new, second track between Kettering and Corby will enable.
Nicola Coxall, project manager at Network Rail, said: “This bridge replacement is a key part of the upgrade of the line between Kettering and Corby. The road closures are essential to ensure the work is carried out safely and in the shortest amount of time, and we thank motorists for their patience and understanding while we carry out this important piece of construction.”
- Buses will replace trains on East Midlands services on Saturday, 18 February, Sunday, 19 February, Saturday, 25 February and Sunday, 26 February.
- Trains will run as normal on Friday, 17 February and Friday, 24 February.
Passengers are being advised to check eastmidlandstrains.co.uk before they travel and to allow extra time for their journeys.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.