Rail­way bridge to be re­placed at bank hol­i­day

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

A rail­way bridge over Brig­gate River in Whit­tle­sey is set to be re­placed dur­ing the Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day week­end.

The bridge is on the line between Ely and Peter­bor­ough which is used by up to five pas­sen­ger trains an hour, and 12 freight trains a day.

Between Satur­day, Au­gust 26 and Mon­day, Au­gust 28 the ex­ist­ing tim­ber decked bridge will be re­placed with a stronger steel decked bridge.

With­out the re­place­ment, a speed re­stric­tion would be needed 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 works, which will cost ap­prox­i­mately £1.5 mil­lion, have been planned so 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.”

As part of the work, the track will be re­placed and the bal­last, the stones which form the track bed, will be made deeper to im­prove drainage to in­crease re­li­a­bil­ity.

Pas­sen­gers are ad­vised to check be­fore they travel as a rail re­place­ment bus ser­vice will run between March and Peter­bor­ough through­out the works. Visit www.na­tion­al­rail.co.uk.

The bridge over Brig­gate River in Whit­tle­sey

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