Phase two of Huntingdon ‘Iron Bridge’ railway upgrade to begin

Published on : Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Network RailA railway bridge which carries the East Coast Main Line through Huntingdon is set for the final phase of improvements as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.


Back in November and December 2015, work took place over five weekends on the ‘Iron Bridge’ on Ermine Street near the town centre to strengthen the structure and carry out minor repairs.


Next month the second phase of work, which will see more extensive repairs and strengthening as well as the application of a special protective coating, will begin as part of a six-week programme to improve long term reliability and keep trains running over the bridge safely.


Work will be carried out 24 hours a day when it starts on 1 February and will continue until 14 March. Ermine Street will be closed to road vehicles throughout and temporary diversions in place although it will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists and emergency service vehicles will also be granted access.


Members of the Network Rail project team will hold a drop-in session at Huntingdon library on Wednesday 20 January to answers residents’ questions and explain the plans that are in place to keep disruption to a minimum.


Rob McIntosh, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “Improvements like the work we’re doing to Ermine Street bridge keeps passenger and freight services running, which ultimately benefits the economies of the towns and cities served by the railway. The work has being carried out in two phases and the team will be working 24/7 to keep disruption levels as low as possible for the people of Huntingdon and I’d like to thank them for their patience while the work takes place.”


Source:- Network Rail

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