Railway bridges to close for demolition

The Finedon Station Road bridge in Burton Latimer
The Finedon Station Road bridge in Burton Latimer

Three bridges in the Kettering area will be rebuilt by Network Rail as part of a £70m investment to speed up journey times between London and Sheffield.

The rail network operator said once complete, the new bridges would provide the extra headroom for trains to travel at higher speeds.

The three bridges affected are Finedon Station Road bridge in Burton Latimer, which will close from June 3 to September 3, a bridle road bridge near Rushton, which will close from October 4 until November 13, and Pytchley Road bridge in Kettering, which will close from December 9 until February 14, 2014.

A fourth bridge close to Kettering Venture Park will be demolished as it is no longer in use.

Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained for the vast majority of the time.

Network Rail would normally provide the additional clearance by lowering the track level under the bridges.

However, rebuilding the bridges will provide the space needed for trains to travel faster as well as room needed for future installation of overhead line equipment as part of the proposed electrification of the line between Bedford and Sheffield.

Network Rail acting route managing director Justin Page said: “This work will deliver quicker journeys for the ever-growing number of passengers on the Midland Main Line, helping to bring the region’s biggest economies closer together.

“Our longer-term plans to upgrade and electrify the line will transform our diesel railway into one of the most modern in Europe providing more seats, even faster journeys, and cleaner and quieter trains.

“We thank people in advance for their patience and will continue to work closely with Northamptonshire County Council, Kettering Council and the Highways Agency as we continue our plans to build a better railway for the East Midlands.”