Wednesday 21 Dec 2016
Network Rail completes key milestone in Derbyshire railway upgrade
Network Rail has completed a key milestone in a project to reconstruct Awsworth Road Bridge in Ilkeston.
The bridge was demolished over the weekend and a new, ready-made bridge deck was installed. The new bridge deck gives a new lease of life to the 116-year-old structure.
Work on the bridge began in September, and will be completed in April, 2017. This upgrade is a vital part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, to deliver a bigger and better railway for passengers. Once completed, residents and businesses can benefit from a stronger bridge.
As well as ensuring that the bridge will last another hundred years, the upgrade will also deliver an improved road across the bridge, giving drivers better visibility on approach. The full road closure which is currently in place will remain until the end of March 2017.
Chris Chatfield, project manager at Network Rail, said: “When completed, this project will create a better bridge for all users. It’s a key step in our plan to upgrade infrastructure to improve journeys and move freight from road to rail.
“I’d like to thank the residents of Ilkeston for their patience whilst this work is carried out and hope that they will enjoy the benefits when the upgrade is completed.”
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.