Quicker journeys on the Midland main line as Kettering bridge improvements begin soon

Published on : Monday, December 2, 2013

Network RailNetwork Rail is due to begin work to rebuild the A509 Pytchley Road in Kettering on Monday 9 December as part of a £70m investment to cut journey times on the Midland Main Line between London and Sheffield.


Pytchley Road bridge will close temporarily to all road traffic from Monday to Friday 28 February 2014. A temporary footbridge will be in place for the majority of the time to maintain access for pedestrians and cyclists.


Taking 81 days to demolish and rebuild, once complete, the new bridge will provide the extra headroom needed for trains to travel at higher speed, as the forces involved mean trains tilt to one side as they pass through curved sections of track, and will help to accommodate future installation of overhead line equipment as part of the proposed electrification of the line between Bedford and Sheffield, providing better value for money and minimising disruption.


Access from the north and south to the properties located on Pytchley Road will be maintained throughout and a diversion route has been agreed with Northamptonshire County Council, with signage advising motorists to use Barton Road (A6003) to cross the railway.


Justin Page, Network Rail area director, said: “This work will deliver quicker journeys for the ever-growing number of passengers on the Midland Main Line, helping to bring the region’s biggest economies closer together. Our longer-term plans to upgrade and electrify the line will transform our diesel railway into one of the most modern in Europe, providing more seats, even faster journeys and cleaner and quieter trains.


“We thank people in advance for their patience and are working closely with Northamptonshire County Council and Kettering Borough Council as we continue our plans to build a better railway for the East Midlands.”


Source:- Network Rail

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