Thursday 27 Jul 2017
River remains open for replacement railway bridge works at Whittlesey
A railway bridge over the Briggate River in Whittlesey, Peterborough, is set to be replaced during the August bank holiday weekend while the river remains open to traffic as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.
The bridge is on the line between Ely and Peterborough which is used by up to five passenger trains an hour and twelve freight trains a day. Between Saturday 26 August and Monday 28 August the existing timber decked bridge will be replaced with a stronger steel decked bridge. Without the replacement, a speed restriction would need to be imposed to protect the bridge from heavy trains, resulting in delays to both passenger and freight services. The new bridge will also last longer and is less expensive to maintain.
The work has been planned so that the river can be kept open during the replacement, with a team of lookouts being employed to stop work if river traffic needs to pass, without it impacting on the delivery of work.
Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “We are replacing this well-used bridge with a much stronger one, which will mean fewer delays for passengers. The new bridge has the added bonus of being more economical to maintain, which means we can spend money on improving other parts of Anglia’s network as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. The river will remain open while we work, but the railway will be closed between March and Peterborough. Passengers are advised to plan ahead of travelling this August bank holiday.”
As part of the work, the track will be replaced and the ballast, the stones that form the track bed, will be made deeper to improve drainage to increase reliability.
Passengers are advised to check before they travel as a rail replacement bus service will run from between March and Peterborough throughout the work. Details are available at www.nationalrail.co.uk
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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.
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