As of today, rail passengers are able to travel between Leicester and Peterborough once more, upon the completion of Network Rail’s three-week stint of extensive repair works to Fosters bridge.
John Robson Regional Director East Midlands and East Anglia for CrossCountry said:
"We are delighted that we are able to run services as normal again following the reopening of Foster’s Bridge and are keen to extend our thanks to the Network Rail team for their efforts in repairing the bridge and the patience of the local community and passengers while this work has been undertaken.”
Situated across the A6121 Stamford Road in Ketton, Rutland, this bridge was damaged after being struck by a lorry in early November, leading to a forced closure of the line between Leicester and Peterborough.
In the events since the collision, engineers have worked tirelessly to remove the damaged bridge deck, whilst installing a brand-new replacement and concurrently laying fresh ballast and track over the top so that trains can use the section safely again.
Gary Walsh, East Midlands Route Director for Network Rail said:
“We’re really sorry for the disruption that passengers have faced over the last few weeks. Our teams have worked day and night to remove the damage and install a brand-new deck so that passengers can travel safely again.
“I’d like to thank our partners, passengers and people in the town for their support and patience. It’s been a complex feat of engineering, so I’m pleased to see trains running normally again.”
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