Network Rail to upgrade Leicestershire bridge ready for an electric railway

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Network Rail is raising a bridge in Great Glen, Leicestershire, UK, to clear the way for train-powering electric wires to be installed in the future.

Work will begin on Friday, January 13, and will finish in summer 2023. It’s part of the multi-million-pound Midland Main Line electrification program, which is currently working to electrify the railway between Kettering and Wigston.

Reconstructing the bridge – which allows cars to travel over the railway via Station Road – and raising it by just over half a meter will provide enough room for the overhead line equipment needed to power electric and hybrid trains to eventually pass underneath the bridge.

The program supports the UK Government’s ambitions for decarbonization, while ultimately offering passengers a greener way to travel and delivering a quieter, cleaner railway for those living alongside it.

Gary Walsh, East Midlands Route Director for Network Rail said: “This important piece of work will help us to eventually electrify the route between Kettering and Wigston to deliver a cleaner, greener railway that’s fit for the future.”