Published on : Thursday, July 27, 2017
The bridge is on the line between Ely and Peterborough which is used by up to five passenger trains an hour and twelve freight trains a day. Between Saturday 26 August and Monday 28 August the existing timber decked bridge will be replaced with a stronger steel decked bridge. Without the replacement, a speed restriction would need to be imposed to protect the bridge from heavy trains, resulting in delays to both passenger and freight services. The new bridge will also last longer and is less expensive to maintain.
The work has been planned so that the river can be kept open during the replacement, with a team of lookouts being employed to stop work if river traffic needs to pass, without it impacting on the delivery of work.
Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “We are replacing this well-used bridge with a much stronger one, which will mean fewer delays for passengers. The new bridge has the added bonus of being more economical to maintain, which means we can spend money on improving other parts of Anglia’s network as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. The river will remain open while we work, but the railway will be closed between March and Peterborough. Passengers are advised to plan ahead of travelling this August bank holiday.”
As part of the work, the track will be replaced and the ballast, the stones that form the track bed, will be made deeper to improve drainage to increase reliability.