Wednesday 3 Jan 2018
Fewer delays to train services between Cambridge and Peterborough following completion of bridge repairs in Manea
A speed restriction has been lifted on the rail line at Manea in Cambridgeshire following completion of a £1.5m package of structural repairs to two bridges during the Christmas period.
Rotting timbers were replaced and steel work repairs were made at two railway bridges that carry the line between Ely and Manea which is used by over 170 trains every day.
A team of 30 Network Rail engineers worked the equivalent of 2,400 hours to replace 13 pairs of timbers and make steel work repairs to the bridges, which also included replacing sections of track.
Prior to the work taking place, a speed restriction was put in place to protect the bridges from further deterioration. This was removed upon completion of the work, allowing trains to travel at their normal speed, which means fewer delays and increased reliability for passengers travelling between Cambridge and Peterborough.
Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “This work was an essential part of our Railway Upgrade Plan to enable the smooth and reliable operation of services in this area. We have now removed the speed restriction, which means fewer delays for passengers and increased reliability. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carried out this work.”
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.