Network rail begin safety upgrades on bridge in Oakley

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Network Rail began essential upgrade work on a bridge in Oakley on Monday 25 July.

Highfield Road bridge, which carries road traffic over the Midland Main Line between Bedford and Wellingborough will be reinforced over the coming months. The aim is to support its historic foundations, keeping it strong and reliable for future road and rail traffic.

Route Director for East Midlands at Network Rail, Gary Walsh, said: “Safety is our top priority and completing this essential upgrade in Oakley will mean that Highfield Road bridge remains safe and reliable for both drivers and rail passengers for many years to come.

“We’ve worked carefully with the local authorities to identify the least disruptive time to carry out the work, and we have chosen to do it during the school summer holidays to keep the impact on the community to a minimum. I do apologise in advance to those who are affected by this work.”

Passengers should check with National Rail Enquiries before they travel as some early morning and late night services have been altered.