Monday 20 Nov 2017
Vital railway upgrade to take place in Nottinghamshire
Network Rail will begin work on a project in Newark which will see around 1km of track removed and replaced with new, modern rails.
The project is part of the Railway Upgrade Plan and will include renewing the track through Newark Castle level crossing to provide a more reliable railway, as well as reducing the noise which occurs when a train passes over the track.
Due to the nature of the work, the level crossing will be closed to pedestrians and motorists on the following dates and times:
- Saturday, 25 November 01:00 until 08:00
- Sunday, 26 November 01:00 until 08:00
- Saturday, 2 December 22:00 until 21:00 Sunday, 3 December
- Saturday, 9 December 22:30 until 08.30 Sunday 10, December
- Monday, 11 December to Friday 15, December – each night from 22:30 until 06:40
During the closure of the crossing, a clearly signposted diversionary route will be in place for motorists. For pedestrians wishing to use the crossing, Network Rail will provide a shuttle service.
The work will also impact on train services and passengers are advised to check before they travel and to allow additional time for their journeys as bus replacement services will be in operation.
Rob McIntosh, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “We appreciate that there is never a good time to disrupt the railway and we have worked hard to minimise the impact which this work will have on the people of Newark as well as train passengers.
“This project will remove a temporary speed restriction and provide a modern and reliable railway which will ensure that we provide a network which meets the needs of the economies and communities our railway serves. We’d like to thank users of the crossing for their patience whilst this work takes place.”
Adam Piddington, Customer Service Director, East Midlands Trains, added: “We will have staff on hand to help customers while these works take place. However, we also ask customers to plan ahead if they are travelling and leave a bit of extra time if possible as well.”
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.