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Barrow upon Soar bridge to fully reopen in 2017

Barrow upon Soar bridge repairs 3x2

Network Rail has confirmed that a bridge that partially collapsed over the Midland Main Line in Leicestershire will fully reopen early next year.

Grove Lane Bridge, which crosses four rail lines in Barrow upon Soar, suffered damage on 1 August. At the time of the incident, Paul McKeown, investment director for Network Rail said: “Our team was carrying out investigation work following reports of dips in the road at Grove Lane Bridge when the parapet wall partially collapsed.

“A full investigation is underway into the cause of the collapse.”

Although the railway reopened to passenger trains the following day, and the bridge reopened to pedestrians three weeks later, the long-term repairs to reopen the bridge to motorists have been carefully considered to minimise the disruption to both rail passengers and nearby residents.

Network Rail has confirmed plans have been drawn up to not only repair the bridge but also raise the parapets slightly to make it safe to carry the electrical wires that will form part of the Midland Main Line route upgrade, with the bridge to reopen fully in January 2017.

The parapet adjustments will mean no further disruption will be necessary in years to come.

Plans to raise the parapets are currently being discussed with Leicestershire County Council.

“The plans we have put forward for Grove Lane not only make it safe for vehicles but also future-proof the bridge for electrification which is part of our Railway Upgrade Plan for Leicestershire,” said Network Rail area director Gary Walsh.

“Doing this work now means we won’t need to come back in the future and create further disruption. We’ll continue to speak regularly and openly with residents about any noise and night time work that is likely, as well as to passengers about any changes to train times.”

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  • Two people were seating over the running rail without a helmet, another few were standing or stepping over the running rail. A bloke was standing between the RRV and the skip. Anything else?

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