Thursday 15 Jun 2017
Kettering rail bridge set for upgrade
Network Rail will upgrade the rail bridge which crosses Northampton Road in Kettering next month as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan.
The six-week-scheme is the latest part of a major project that will allow more trains to run between Northamptonshire and London. The bridge will be substantially strengthened so that it can cater for increased volumes of trains passing over it in the future.
To allow the work to be carried out as efficiently and safely as possible, Northampton Road will be closed to road users. The closure comes into place Monday, 24 July and runs until Monday, 4 September, with a clearly signposted diversion in place. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the project.
Spencer Gibbens, principal programme sponsor for Network Rail, said: “There isn’t ever a good time to close an important transport link like Northampton Road, but we have deliberately targeted the school holidays to allow us to carry out this important part of our Railway Upgrade Plan at a time when it will cause less disruption than it otherwise would.
“Once complete, the bridge will be able to support the increased number of trains traveling between Northamptonshire and London. I’d like to thank motorists for their patience whilst this upgrade is completed.”
Network Rail will hold a drop-in event on Monday, 3 July at Kettering Borough Council offices between 15:00 and 18:30. Members of the project team from Network Rail will be on hand to answer any questions which residents may have.
Notes to editors
- The substantial strengthening work includes extensive brickwork repair and the installation of tie-bars and pattress plates through the bridge.
- In addition the track over the structure will be removed and excavation will take place to enable pre-cast concrete reinforcements to be installed.
- The removing and the replacement of the track will take place over night, with no disruption to train services
About Network Rail
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.
We are building a better railway for a better Britain.