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Published on : Monday, January 4, 2016
Freight lines serving the busy port of Immingham have reopened on time following five days of engineering work in Greater Lincolnshire.The first train, a single engine, left Immingham at 05.16 this morning and travelled through the newly resignalled section of track en-route to pick up steelwork wagons.
This phase of the engineering work, which began on Christmas Eve, focussed primarily on replacing the 100-year-old signalling on the freight lines to and from the port, from which around 25 per cent of the UK’s rail freight enters the country.
Work on passenger lines in north Lincolnshire, north east Lincolnshire and others parts of the Lincolnshire region will now continue until January 11, with bus replacement services in operation on some routes until then.
Mark Tarry, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “This major upgrade of the railway has been two years in the planning with the support of the port, industry and local authorities. With the majority of the work being carried out over Christmas – a relatively quiet time on the railway – ultimately we will reduce the amount of disruption caused.“The first phase of work is now complete but with phase two work taking place until 11 January, I urge passengers to continue to check before they travel.”