Northamptonshire road bridge set for partial closure

Northamptonshire road bridge
Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail is advising motorists in Corby that the Cottingham Road bridge is set to be partially closed for six weeks to allow work to improve safety to take place.

Beginning on Monday, 4 March, workers will remove the current crash barrier to strengthen it, before reinstalling it at an increased height. The bridge will reopen on Saturday, 27 April.

During this time, there will be a partial road closure.

Vehicles will still be able to use the bridge, however traffic lights will be in place with motorists advised to allow additional time for their journey. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the work.

This work needs to take place following a project which took place last year to raise the bridge as part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade. The structure needed to be raised to allow a safe distance for overhead line equipment.

What did the officials say?

Ed Akers, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail, said:

“Firstly, we would like to apologise to motorists as we appreciate that this work will cause some disruption. We are doing all that we can to keep this to a minimum, such as having a partial road closure, but we do appreciate that this can still have an impact.

“Cottingham Road bridge has recently been upgraded as part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade, the biggest investment into the line since the Victorian era. We would like to thank residents, businesses and motorists for their patience whilst this final work on the bridge takes place.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Why is it part of the Midland Main Line that is to be electrified only as far as Kettering and Corby. And not East Midlands such as Loughborough, Leicester, Derby, Nottingham, Sheffield and Leeds. With the current electrified part that was first electrified from London St Pancras to Bedford when Thameslink was first introduced in the 1980s.

  2. Shame they haven’t sorted out the bridge between Bugbrooke and Pattishall and the bridge on the A45 near Wellingborough. Both have been restricted for years pending repair

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