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Key milestone reached in Derbyshire railway upgrade

22 December 2016  •  Author: Katie Sadler, European Railway Review

Network Rail has reached a key milestone in a project to reconstruct Awsworth Road Bridge in Ilkeston, part of the Derbyshire railway upgrade.

Key milestone reached in Derbyshire railway upgrade

Awsworth bridge installation

The bridge was demolished on the 17 and 18th December and a new, ready-made bridge deck was installed. The new bridge deck gives a new lease of life to the 116-year-old structure.

Key milestone reached in Derbyshire railway upgrade

Work on the bridge began in September, and will be completed in April, 2017. Once completed, residents and businesses can benefit from a stronger bridge.

As well as ensuring that the bridge will last another hundred years, the upgrade will also deliver an improved road across the bridge, giving drivers better visibility on approach. The improvement work is part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.

“It’s a key step in our plan to upgrade infrastructure to improve journeys and move freight from road to rail”

Chris Chatfield, project manager at Network Rail, said: “When completed, this project will create a better bridge for all users. It’s a key step in our plan to upgrade infrastructure to improve journeys and move freight from road to rail.

“I’d like to thank the residents of Ilkeston for their patience whilst this work is carried out and hope that they will enjoy the benefits when the upgrade is completed.”

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