Network Rail apologises for short notice changes to A45 contraflow this weekend: HIGHAM ROAD bridge

Friday 10 May 2019

Network Rail apologises for short notice changes to A45 contraflow this weekend

Region & Route:
London North Eastern & East Midlands

Network Rail is saying sorry to motorists who will be affected by the extension of roadworks on Higham Road bridge, near Wellingborough.

The section of the bridge needs to be raised to allow for the safe clearance of overhead line equipment in anticipation of electrification of the route between London to Kettering and Corby via Bedford.

To allow the work to take place safely, a section of the westbound section of the A45 has been closed since Monday 4 February 2019. Work remains on schedule to allow the road to re-open on Wednesday 16 October 2019. This weekend the old bridge deck will be demolished, which means there will only be access through the contraflow for eastbound traffic.  Westbound drivers will need to follow the signed diversion.  The changes to the road are needed to make sure that passing motorists are kept a safe distance from the demolition work.  The westbound contraflow will reopen at 0600 on Monday morning.

Network Rail Sponsor, Gavin Crook said: “We are sorry for the extra disruption which will be caused and for the short notice that the contraflow needs to be amended this weekend.

“We are working closely with Highways England to keep disruption to a minimum and our work remains on schedule.”

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