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
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.