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.
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We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.7 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.
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