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
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 19 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, more than 4.6 million journeys are made in the UK. 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.
We are building a better railway for a better Britain.