Last week’s passionate public meeting heard that Corby’s Cottingham Road bridge won’t fully re-open on October 19.
The bridge, which has been closed to traffic since January, will only see one lane open with temporary traffic lights with further work taking place. However, it was suggested at the meeting that the road could remain closed until late November before then opening fully. Which would you rather see? Vote for your preferred option in our poll. Network Rail will be watching the results as part of a decision-making process that involves several other factors.
The closure as part of the Midland Main Line upgrade, which began in January, was initially due to end on August 14 but that was then extended to September 10, and then September 29 with little notice.
And it was announced just days before the closure was due to end that it would now be extended to October 19.
On October 1 the Northants Telegraph launched Bridge Watch, running a story a day until the scheduled opening date, to ensure that Network Rail stick to their word and re-open the bridge in order for the Old Village businesses to be sure their footfall increases in the vital run up to Christmas.
Ed Akers, principal programme sponsor at Network Rail, apologised for the delay in re-opening the bridge.
He said: “We are working closely with partners to ensure the work on the bridge is finished as quickly as possible and we’d like to thank residents for their patience whilst we complete this vital upgrade.”