Wednesday 7 Feb 2018
Bridge upgrade as Great North Rail project continues in West Yorkshire
Network Rail is carrying out work to upgrade New Cross Street road bridge in Bradford, as part of the Great North Rail Project.
The £900,000 upgrade will see the surface of the bridge removed to allow engineers from Network Rail to strengthen the beams of the structure. A new, waterproof covering will also be installed to the beams to protect them from future water damage and a new road surface will be laid.
To allow the work to be carried out safely, New Cross Street will be closed to vehicles between the following dates and times:
- 16:00 on Friday, 9 February to 05:00 on Monday, 19 February
- 16:00 on Friday, 23 February to 05:00 on Monday, 26 February
- 16:00 on Friday, 2 March to 05:00 on Monday, 5 March.
The work has been carefully planned to minimise disruption, with the closures taking place over half term and weekends to have as little impact as possible on a nearby school. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the work and a clearly signposted diversionary route will be in place for motorists.
Once completed, road users will benefit from a stronger and more resilient bridge with a new road surface.
The work is the latest investment into the railway in West Yorkshire with the first phase of a major project to upgrade signalling in the county recently completed. The investment saw old signalling technology ‘recontrolled’ from local lineside signal boxes to the state-of-the-art Rail Operating Centre in York. The second phase of work will see signalling upgraded on the Calder Valley line later this year.
Rob McIntosh, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “This work is the next stage of investment to the railway in West Yorkshire as part of the Great North Rail Project.
“It’s vital that we keep our assets in good condition and this work will not only see the bridge strengthened and the road surfaced improved, but also reduce the amount of future work through the preventative waterproofing methods.
“We appreciate that closing a road isn’t ideal and we’ve thought carefully about how we can minimise the impact on residents. We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience which this work causes and thank them for their patience.”
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.