Tuesday 30 Aug 2016
Time lapse shows Network Rail bank holiday upgrades completed
Network Rail has thanked passengers for their patience after engineers successfully completed bank holiday weekend engineering projects on time.
Commuters in Nottinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Yorkshire have returned to work after a weekend of round the clock work allowed the latest phase of the Railway Upgrade Plan to be completed.
Among the most significant pieces of work was the replacement of Station Road bridge in Hucknall, a project which has been the 140-year-old structure replaced by an entirely new bridge over the Robin Hood line between Nottingham and Worksop, which was captured in this stunning time-lapse video.
Meanwhile work to the track in Rotherham and track renewal near Luton was also completed successfully.
Rob McIntosh, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “I thank passengers and communities for their patience while thousands of our engineers carried out these vital railway upgrades over the bank holiday weekend, which is traditionally a quieter time for train usage. We are striving to deliver a better railway and big pieces of work like this help us to create a safer and more reliable network for the people who rely on it as part of their everyday lives.”
The work in Hucknall began back in June, with station road to remain closed to vehicles until Sunday 30 October.
Over the bank holiday engineers worked a combined 2000 hours at station road, demolishing and removing 550 tonnes of brickwork, installing 12 precast parapets and driving in the new bridge deck on two 300 tonne machines known as self-propelled modular transporters.
The temporary footbridge over the railway was removed while the bridge was slid into place but has now been reinstalled to allow pedestrian access.
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