Finedon Road railway bridge closed until September

Road diversions will be in place for six months while work takes place to demolish and reconstruct Finedon Road railway bridge in Wellingborough.

Vehicles will not be allowed to cross the bridge until Friday, September 28, as part of the work taking place to upgrade the Midland Main Line, which will see an additional line constructed between Bedford and Kettering and the electrification of the line to Corby.

Speaking to the Northants Telegraph, Rob McIntosh, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “We know that this work may cause some disruption to those living in the area and we are sorry for this. We are doing a huge amount of work to railway infrastructure on this stretch of the Midland Main Line to allow overhead wires to be installed.

“We’re investing more than £1bn in this project which will help to deliver the railway of the future, one which meets the needs of the communities and economies which our railway serves.”

Signposted diversion routes are in place whilst the work is carried out. Further work to upgrade the Wellingborough and Irchester viaducts will not impact motorists or pedestrians and Bush Bridge, which carries a bridleway over the railway, closed on Monday until Monday, June 18.

A reduced rail service and replacement bus service between Leicester and Bedford/Luton will be in operation over the weekends on April 28 and 29 and June 2 and 3. Passengers are advised to check with National Rail Enquiries before travelling.

Jake Kelly, managing director for East Midlands Trains, told the Northants Telegraph: “The Midland Main Line Upgrade will deliver major benefits for customers as part of the railway’s long term plan for change. “Whilst there will be some short term pain with changes to our services over the weekends of 28/29 April and 2/3 June, this will help to deliver long term improvements for customers travelling on the Midland Main Line to London.”

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