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
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.