Tuesday 25 Sep 2018
Cottingham Road bridge in Corby will remain closed until Friday, 19 October as engineering work continues
Network Rail is apologising to local businesses and motorists for a further delay in re-opening Cottingham Road bridge.
The bridge has been closed to motorists since January to allow Network Rail engineers to raise the bridge to allow for the safe clearance of overhead line equipment. This work is part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade, which will see the line electrified from London to Bedford via Kettering and Corby.
An earlier revised date meant that the road bridge was due to reopen at the end of September, however further delays to ongoing work means returning utility services to the bridge has been delayed, resulting in the need to maintain the road closure. Pedestrian access will be maintained through a temporary footbridge, with the bridge open to vehicles as soon as is possible with some remaining work taking place until late November without the need to close the road.
Ed Akers, Principal Programme Sponsor at Network Rail said: “Firstly, we’d like to apologise for the delay in reopening this bridge. We understand that this work is having an impact on local businesses as well as motorists. We will be starting an immediate advertising campaign to support local businesses and ensure people know they are open and accessible, whilst the diversion is in place.
“We are working closely with partners to ensure the work on the bridge is finished as quickly as possible and we’d like to thank residents for their patience whilst we complete this vital upgrade.”
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