Station Road bridge in Great Glen, Leicester

Leicester bridge upgrades to accommodate railway electrification

Station Road bridge in Great Glen, Leicester, will be raised and reconstructed to accommodate for future train powering electric wiring to be installed.

These infrastructural works are set to begin this Friday, 13th January, and will culminate in the Summer of 2023. The project comes as part of the multi-million-pound Midland Main Line Electrification programme, which will see the delivery of an electrified railway between Kettering and Wigston.

The bridge itself will be raised just over half a metre, providing enough room for the overhead line equipment’s installation that will power electric and bi-modal rolling stock that will traverse the route.

Electrification works such as these will provide major support for the Government’s ambitions to decarbonise the railways and ultimately achieve carbon Net-Zero across the UK by 2050. Electrified rail travel can also have a tremendous impact to the passenger experience, delivering a quieter, quicker and cleaner mode of public transportation.

A major priority for infrastructural projects, such as this, is always the safety of those conducting the upgrades. To accommodate for these safety concerns, Station Road will be closed between the junction with Newton Lane and the junction with Kibworth Road from Friday 13 January until late July.

Further developments of this project will see the affected road around the bridge reconstructed approximately 50 metres either side. Network Rail has worked closely with Leicestershire County Council to keep disruption to a minimum and put a signposted diversion in place.

Gary Walsh, East Midlands Route Director for Network Rail said:

“This important piece of work will help us to eventually electrify the route between Kettering and Wigston to deliver a cleaner, greener railway that’s fit for the future.

“I’d like to thank the community for their patience over the coming months and we’ll continue to work with Leicestershire County Council to reduce the impact of our work.”

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