5 minute read – Network Rail completes £2.8million Manton bridge upgrade

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Network Rail has completed a major project to replace Manton railway bridge in Rutland, which was over 150 years old.

The bridge carries the line between Melton Mowbray and Stamford/Kettering and runs over the busy A6003. Fully replacing it means passenger and freight services can continue running safely and reliably and people in the community can connect to other towns and cities for generations to come.

Work began on the project in April, and the main stage of work to lift the old bridge and install the new, stronger one from underneath took place in June.

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Once the new bridge, which weighs around 425 tonnes, was in place, teams completed further brickwork and stonework, moved wires and removed the scaffolding.

The A6003 in Rutland, which links Oakham and Uppingham, was temporarily closed to allow the work to take place safely and it reopened on Sunday 4 July. The road remained open for the final part of the reconstruction.

Gary Walsh, Route Director for Network Rail’s East Midlands route, said: “This has been a complex job which has significantly affected road users.  I am pleased that we handed the road back on schedule and thank everyone for their patience while we carried out this essential investment. 

“The line that Manton bridge carries and the A6003 which runs underneath it are both vital links for people in Rutland. Completing this project means that people can travel across the region safely and reliably for years to come.”

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Work on the project has completed and the remaining worksites in the area are expected to be removed by Friday 30 July.

5 minute read – Freak flash floods swamp subway and lifts at Preston station

Passengers are being advised about urgent repairs to Preston station’s lifts and subway after they were damaged by freak flash flooding.

Intense rainfall at platform level made its way into the subway which serves four station lifts on Monday evening (12 July).

All the lift shafts were affected and engineers are working as fast as they can to pump out remaining water and clear the debris so urgent repairs can be made to the lift mechanisms.

Network Rail aims to get the lifts back in action within the next week as a priority for passengers needing level access to platforms.

Step-free access is still available to Preston’s platforms using ramps in the second station subway.

Robert Ellams, senior asset engineer for Network Rail, said: “We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to passengers while we get the lifts at Preston station back up to full working order after heavy rainfall this week.

“I’d urge people to plan their journeys with their train operator while we carry out these urgent and complex repairs to better protect the lifts from freak incidents like this and make them more reliable for passengers in the future.”

Shirley Ross, Avanti West Coast station manager at Preston, said: “We are working closely with Network Rail and industry partners to help customers as urgent repairs to the lifts at Preston station are carried out. Our teams are on hand to assist customers travelling to and from Preston but we strongly recommend customers plan ahead, check before they travel and leave extra time for their journey. We would like to thank customers for their patience while Network Rail get the lifts back to full working order.”

During the lift closures, rail travellers who need lift access are advised to speak to station staff or to contact their train operator’s Passenger Assistance team:

  • Avanti West Coast’s Passenger Assist team – 08000 158 123
  • Northern’s Passenger Assist team – 0800 138 5560
  • TransPennine Express’ Passenger Assist team – 0800 107 2149

For more information on how Network Rail deals with flooding visit: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/looking-after-the-railway/delays-explained/flooding/