14th May 2019
A major milestone has been reached on the Midland Main Line Upgrade as the Higham Road bridge in Wellingborough and Station Road bridge in Isham have been raised to enable overhead line equipment to pass safely underneath.
New bridge decks were succesfully installed over the weekend (11/12 May) having been moved into position with 1200 tonne cranes. Both bridges currently remain closed to the public and work will now begin on the parapets and roads in anticipation of their re-opening in the Autumn.
Work will also begin on Kettering station this month with workers starting work to extend the station platforms, allowing longer trains with more seats to call at the station. Work will also take place on the canopies above the platforms to facilitate future electrification of the line through the station. A similar project to extend the platforms at Corby was recently completed.
Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said:
“We are happy to reach this major milestone in the reconstruction of these two bridges, as it brings us another step closer to providing more comfortable journeys for passengers and re-opening the road for motorists. We understand that this work continues to cause some disruption to drivers and residents in the area and we would like to thank them for their patience whist this work takes place.
“Work will now begin to extend the platforms at Kettering station, which will enable bigger trains with more seats to call at the station. This upgrade will mean we can continue to provide a railway which meets the needs of the passengers, communities and economies we serve.”
An East Midlands Trains spokesperson said:
“The works to extend platforms and trim back the canopies at Kettering will not affect East Midlands Trains services, but we would like to remind our customers to be mindful of the works taking place and continue to take care when travelling through the station.”
Author: Darren Porter
Image: Network Rail