Tuesday 9 May 2017
Network Rail continues work to electrify the Midland Main Line
Network Rail is issuing a reminder to residents in Northamptonshire that the latest stage of work to electrify the line will begin this weekend.
Piling - the process of installing foundations for the masts and gantries that will carry electrified wires along the railway – starts on Saturday, 13 May between Kettering and Corby and will continue for several months.
‘Piling’ is a noisy activity as it involves driving cylindrical steel piles deep into the ground to provide a secure base for gantries. There can also be noise from vehicle movements as safety rules dictate that a horn must be sounded when moving vehicles in the vicinity of the railway.
Although noise levels are dependent on the distance of homes from the train line and piling locations – which are installed every 50 to 60 metres - residents are being advised to expect some disturbance whilst this work takes place. The majority of piling will take place overnight, as this is the time when it causes the least impact on passenger services.
Network Rail is inviting residents wishing to find out more about the work to attend one of its upcoming information events. Network Rail workers will be on hand to answer any questions which residents may have.
The public information events will take place on the following days:
- Tuesday, 9 May from 15:00 to 18:30 at The West Glebe Sports Pavilion, Cottingham Road, Corby.
- Wednesday, 17 May from 18:00 to 21:00 at Brooke Weston Academy, Coomb Road, Corby.
If you can’t make an event but wish to find out more about the work, as well as keep up to date with its progress, please visit the Network Rail Community Facebook page - https://en-gb.facebook.com/NetworkRailCommunity/
You can also find out more about piling by watching this video: https://youtu.be/qpaFPCa0ZlA
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- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.