Tuesday 20 Feb 2018
Railway bridge upgrades completed to prevent future delays for Ely to Kings Lynn passengers
Network Rail carried out a £1m package of strengthening work to a six–span railway bridge between Ely and Littleport last week to enable the smooth running of services and prevent future delays on the line between Ely and Kings Lynn.
Between 12 – 16 February, Team Orange installed 24 steel plates to strengthen the structure and a thorough coat of paint to prevent corrosion. The bridge is a key part of the line between Ely and Kings Lynn, which carries up to 76 passenger and freight trains a day at speeds of up to 80mph. Had the work not been carried out, a speed restriction would have been imposed to protect the bridge which would have led to delays and cancellations.
The improvements were planned to take place during the half term week when fewer people travel and the five day closure allowed the work to be done quickly with less disruption for passengers. To make the most of the closure, maintenance work at level crossings and vegetation removal was also carried out.
Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “This package of improvements was imperative to providing a safe, reliable and efficient service for passengers travelling between Ely and Kings Lynn as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carried out this essential work.”
Great Northern's passenger services director Stuart Cheshire said: "We are grateful to our passengers for their patience during this essential work by Network Rail. We are confident that passengers will appreciate the improvements it brings as part of the modernisation of the region's railway."
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.