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Bedfordshire road bridge project finished early

A project to rebuild a road bridge in Bedfordshire has finshed three weeks early.

Network Rail altered Templars Way Bridge in Sharnbrook as part of a £1.6bn upgrade of the Midland Main Line from Sheffield to London St Pancras.

The line is due to be fully electrified by December 2020, and bridges are being changed to allow for overhead wires.

Work on Sharnbrook began last November and included removal and replacement of the existing bridge deck and supports. The public footpath across the bridge was widened and the existing road surface replaced.

Network Rail area director Steve Hughes said: “The rebuilding of this bridge is another vital step towards us being able to provide better, faster, smoother and quieter journeys for the millions of passengers who use this essential rail artery every year.

“Finishing three weeks early is a huge bonus and is testament to the hard work of the teams involved and we hope the Sharnbrook community are pleased with the results.”

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