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
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 19 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, more than 4.6 million journeys are made in the UK. 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.