Leicestershire rail bridge work prompts warning

Church Road Kibworth Bridges need to be raised to allow for faster trains

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Residents in Leicestershire are being warned of disruption during a £70m project to rebuild two rail bridges.

The crossings at Station Street and Church Road in Kibworth and The Square in Newton Harcourt will be closed for 15 weeks from 9 September.

Network Rail said the work would allow trains to run faster and help with the planned electrification of the line.

The company said it would be working with local councils to keep people informed of diversions and changes.

A drop-in session for the community will be held at Kibworth Village Hall on 13 August.

Electrification timetable

  • Approval from the Office of Rail Regulation in October 2013
  • Bedford to Corby by 2017
  • Corby to Leicester, Derby and Nottingham by 2019
  • Nottingham to Sheffield by 2020

Justin Page, Network Rail acting route managing director, said: "We thank people in advance for their patience during the engineering works and will continue to work closely with Leicestershire County Council, Harborough District Council and other key groups as we continue our plans to build a better railway for the East Midlands.

"This is an exciting time for the Midland Main Line as we upgrade and electrify the route to transform our diesel railway into one of the most modern in Europe, providing more seats, even faster journeys and cleaner and quieter trains."

The company explained faster trains needed extra headroom under bridges to pass smoothly.

Normally the track level would be lowered but raising the bridges would also allow for equipment need to electrify the line.

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