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Two bridges in Grantham to be repaired

Network Rail is set to undertake repairs to two bridges in Grantham that carry the East Coast main line over roads in the town, Barrowby Road and Springfield Road. 

Both bridges will have strengthening work carried out to make sure road and rail remain safe and reliable for many years to come.  The £2.7million project will be carried out on one bridge at a time to reduce the amount of disruption to people and businesses in Grantham.

Barrowby Road bridge will be worked on first, and the road will be closed from 06:00 on Tuesday, 1 September until Friday, 4 December. The work involves Network Rail engineers carrying out repairs to the steel and brickwork, re-waterproofing the bridges and re-painting sections of them.

Railway bridge at Barrowby Road.

Paul Rutter, Route Director for Network Rail’s East Coast route, said: “This work to strengthen the two railway bridges is vital for the railway and the community of Grantham that the line runs through.

“We have planned the work carefully to phase it so that we keep disruption to a minimum for people in the town.  One of the roads will be open throughout all of this project, except for one weekend in November.  We’re also making sure that both roads are open around Christmas.

“We would like to thank people in advance for their patience whilst the work is carried out and apologise for any inconvenience.”

Once Barrowby Road reopens on Friday, 4 December, both roads will remain open over Christmas until work begins on the bridge at Springfield Road in January. Springfield Road will then remain closed until the project is completed in March 2021.

Both roads need to close for one weekend, on Saturday, 28 and Sunday, 29 November 2020, as work takes place to improve the drainage on both bridges. This part of the project will also impact on train services, as the line will be closed to allow the work to take place safely. Passengers are advised to check their journeys in advance via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

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Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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