Tuesday 17 Oct 2017
Network Rail to hold drop-in event ahead of bridge upgrade in Derby
Network Rail will hold a public information event in Alvaston in Derby to inform residents of work to upgrade a railway bridge as part of the Midland Main Line upgrade project.
The bridge, which spans the River Derwent and carries a section of the Midland Main Line, needs to be refurbished. The project will see the bridge strengthened and repainted, as well as being cleaned through grit blasting.
To make sure that this work can be carried out safely, part of the footpath and cycle path through Alvaston Park will be closed for ten weeks from Monday, 13 November and a clearly signposted diversion route will be in place. The work will begin on this date so as to not interfere with the Derby 10 mile run, which takes place the day before.
Those who wish to find out more about the work can attend a drop-in event on Thursday, 19 October from 4pm to 7pm at Alvaston Park Community Centre where workers from Network Rail will be on hand to answer any questions which members of the public may have.
Those who are unable to attend the event, but would like to know more about the work should call the Network Rail helpline on 03457 11 41 41.
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.