Friday 5 Sep 2014

Drop-in session for residents to find out more about Templars Way bridge reconstruction

Region & Route:
| Eastern

Members of the public are invited to attend a drop-in-event to find out more about the reconstruction of Templars Way bridge in Bedford.

The event will take place at Sharnbrook Methodist Church Hall, Park Lane, Sharnbrook on September 10, between 4pm and 8pm. Members of the Network Rail project team will be on hand to answer any questions.

Network Rail is reconstructing the bridge as part of a major scheme to electrify the railway between Bedford and Sheffield, which will pave the way for new trains providing more seats and faster journeys. Work is due to take place this coming winter, and will require a road closure.

Network Rail is in discussions with Bedford Borough Council regarding the options available for a road closure. Network Rail will notify residents when a diversionary route is in place, and will be working with the local authority to raise awareness of diversions.

Phil Verster, Network Rail route managing director, said: “Electrification will bring huge benefits to the region, and together with a fleet of new trains, improve journey times and make services more comfortable, smoother, and quieter for passengers and people living near the railway.

“However, we recognise that this work will cause disruption to those who live or work near the railway. We thank people in advance for their patience as we continue our plans to build a better railway.”

Notes to editors

Anticipated timeline on MML:

· Electric trains to Corby (by December 2017)

· Electric trains to Derby and Nottingham (by December 2019)

· Electric trains to Sheffield (by December 2020)

Benefits of electrification:

• Electric trains are longer and provide more seats, helping to deal with overcrowding and the growing demand for the railway

• Improved reliability and performance as we modernise the route using new state-of-the-art technology

• Faster and quieter trains and improved journey times

• Greener trains enable the carbon footprint to be reduced by up to 11,000 tonnes - equivalent to annual greenhouse gas emissions from 1,828 passenger vehicles

• Stimulating and supporting economic growth as we connect the region’s biggest economies.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to contact Network Rail’s 24 hour helpline on 08457 114141 if they have any questions.

Contact information

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