The replacement of Bromham Road Bridge is growing nearer, as the old bridge was demolished on Saturday 2 November.
Network Rail has shared time-lapse footage of the demolition in progress, making way for the new bridge to be rebuilt at a raised height to allow overhead line equipment to safely pass underneath it.
Additional work will be carried out on the weekend of 16 – 17 November, when Network Rail will use cranes to clear remaining spoil from the demolition.
As part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade, Network Rail has been working to upgrade 12 bridges along the route. Bromham Road bridge is the last of these bridges to be demolished, marking a significant milestone in the £1.5billion project, which, Network Rail says, will provide extra seats and a more reliable service for passengers.
Gavin Crook, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail, said, “We are urging passengers to plan ahead and check before travelling as we reach a significant milestone in the Midland Main Line Upgrade.
“This stage of work is absolutely vital to keep the upgrade progressing well and, unfortunately, it isn’t possible to do this work without impacting on train services. We would think to thank all those affected for their patience and apologise for any disruption this may cause.”
Julian Edwards, Managing Director for East Midlands Railway, said: “As we approach the weekend of 16/17 November, we are advising passengers to plan ahead and check before they travel.
“Replacement coaches are in place between Market Harborough and Bedford and between Corby and Kettering. Trains will only run from Sheffield / Nottingham to Market Harborough and Bedford to London St Pancras meaning your journey may take longer than usual.
“The investment work taking place over these weekends will allow for additional trains and more seats by December 2020 and we thank our passengers for their patience and understanding during this time”.