Bridges in Northamptonshire and Leicestershire to be transformed ahead of electrification

Vital work to adapt three bridges and lower track to clear the way for an electric railway between Kettering and Wigston will get underway this March.

Bridges in Braybrooke in Northamptonshire, Great Glen, and Newton Harcourt in Leicestershire will be demolished, reconstructed, or have the track beneath them lowered to clear height for overhead wires to pass underneath.

The wires will eventually power electric and bi-mode trains through the towns as part of the Midland Main Line upgrade. The multi-million-pound programme supports the Government’s ambitions for decarbonisation and will offer more reliable journeys for passengers.

The work involves:

  • Demolishing a farm access low bridge in Braybrooke, where a higher replacement bridge has already been installed around 20 metres down the line
  • Demolishing a bridge on Station Road in Great Glen and reconstructing it
  • Lowering the tracks under Wistow Road bridge in Newton Harcourt
  • Network Rail engineers will also continue to drive piles into the ground and install masts to carry the overhead wires through Kibworth.

All of this work will help to create a cleaner, greener electrified railway for passengers travelling along this section of the Midland Main Line in the future.

To complete the work safely, there will be changes to services between Sheffield, Nottingham, Corby and London St Pancras across three weekends in March – on Sunday 12, Saturday 18, Sunday 19, and on 25 and 26 March. Industrial action will also impact services across the region while this work takes place, with planned strikes and an overtime ban in March and April.

Gavin Crook, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail said: “In order to create an electric Midland Main Line that’s fit for the future, we need to change some of the structures through Leicestershire and clear space for our train-powering equipment.

“We’re really sorry if this impacts people’s plans and we’ve worked closely with train operators to plan diversions and offer bus replacements to keep people moving.”

There is an ongoing road closure for the bridge reconstruction on Station Road, Great Glen, with a signed diversion in place. Drivers can view the route via One.

Image credit: Network Rail

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