Misterton: The next phase of a network rail project has been completed

The first section of the new bridge is lowered
The first section of the new bridge is lowered

Work to replace the railway bridge over the A161 through Misterton has been completed.

The £1m project saw the 100-year-old bridge removed and a new one installed on time with crews working day and night.

Two 67-tonne stanchions were placed on the original brick walls, and two 110-tonne sections of bridge were laid on top.

The next phase of work to upgrade the Peterborough to Doncaster line will see a new bridge over the Chesterfield Canal, while work continues on replacing the bridge on Soss Lane.

Phil Verster, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, explained: “The GNGE line is an important route for both freight and passenger trains.”

“Demand for rail services continues to grow and the upgrade of this line is an important project to help meet that demand.”

“During just 16 days our engineers will replace and repair bridges and lower tracks, so modern, taller containers can travel along the line.”

“Work on the highways over three level crossings will mean they can be upgraded with modern technology later this year.”

“This is an essential element of our continuing investment in Britain’s railway.”

“We apologise in advance for any inconvenience to passengers during this time, and thank the local community for their support while we transform the GNGE line.”

The upgrades are part of £280m improvements to the 86-mile stretch of railway line, which will also see an automated crossing, operated from a new signalling centre, at North Carr Crossing.

The level crossing re-opens on Monday 6th October.

Then the level crossing is again closed from 8pm on Friday 31st October to 8am on Monday 24th November.

This time the crossing will be closed for signal commissioning.

Phases one and three of the work between Sleaford and Gainsborough were completed earlier this year, Phase two, between Gainsborough and Doncaster, was completed on Monday 1st September and Phase four, which saw the 1930s mechanical technology at level crossings replaced with modern electronic systems now now controlled from Network Rail’s Lincoln Signalling Control Centre.

And Phase five, between Spalding and Peterborough, will take place in late October, and Network Rail will be holding further exhibitions in Spalding and other communities to the south of the town affected by the works.

Dates for these events and the work will be released in due course.