Thursday 17 Jan 2019
Network Rail apologises as Brayford Wharf East level crossing closure extended
Network Rail has today apologised to users of Brayford Wharf East level crossing as its temporary closure has been extended and will now reopen on Monday, 4 March.
Network Rail is carrying out work to improve safety at the crossing by installing a new stepped footbridge over the railway. The project will provide 24/7 access across the busy railway and better connect the city of Lincoln.
The crossing has been closed to pedestrians and cyclists since Wednesday, 2 January to allow the next stage of the project to take place safely and was due to re-open on Monday, 18 February.
Network Rail is currently carrying out piling, the process of drilling holes into the ground and installing steel pipes filled with concrete. Unfortunately, due to poor ground conditions, the method of piling has to be altered meaning this part of the work will now take longer.
The crossing has been closed to motorists since October and will remain so until the project completes in May.
Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said: “Firstly, we would like to apologise that the temporary closure of the crossing has been extended by two weeks. We know this is a busy level crossing and we appreciate that this work can be disruptive.
“This project is vitally important as it will improve safety as well as providing a better connecting the city and we thank all users for their continued patience.”
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