Residents planning rail trips in the summer holidays are being reminded there will be no trains at Spalding for two weeks while the next stage of a £280million government-funded transformation of the Great Northern Great Eastern (GNGE) line takes place.
Disruption to travel starts at 8pm tomorrow and the line will be closed until Monday, August 11, although alternative travel arrangements are available.
Temporary closure details and diversionary routes will be signposted at each level crossing.
Fifteen modernised level crossings and 15 miles of new signalling will be brought in to use as part of the transformation of the GNGE line which runs between Peterborough and Doncaster via Spalding. The number of level crossings being modernised in this phase of work is the most so far for the GNGE project.
Justin Page, area director for Network Rail, said: “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 sixteen days our engineers will install modern signalling which will help to allow for future increases in services as well as improving reliability.
“At the same time, fifteen level crossings will be upgraded with the latest technology – the largest number so far delivered in a single phase of work.
“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.”
No trains will run between Sleaford, Spalding and Peterborough in either direction between 8pm on Friday and 8am on Monday, August 11, to allow the improvements to be completed. Details of alternative travel arrangements are available on www.nationalrail.co.uk or by calling 08457 484950.
The new signalling system will replace 1930s mechanical technology with modern electronic systems controlled from Network Rail’s Lincoln signalling control centre.
The work also means 12 mechanical signal boxes will no longer be used and will be decommissioned.
Network Rail held exhibitions in Gosberton in June and Spalding at the beginning of July to explain the impact of the work to residents and businesses.
The level crossings being modernised are:
l Blotoft (Old Forty Foot Drain, Helpringham/Donington)
l Maltings Lane (Ing Drove, Donington)
l Golden High Hedges (Bull’s Bank/Cowdale Drove, Donington)
l Church Lane (Church End Drove, Quadring)
l Quadring (Town Drove, Quadring)
l Brewery Lane (North Gate, Gosberton)
l Gosberton (B1397 – Station Road, Gosberton)
l Cheal Road (Cheal Road, Gosberton Risegate)
lWater Drove (Gubbole’s Drove, Surfleet)
l Burtey Fen (Burtey Fen Lane, Pinchbeck)
l Flax Mill (Langhole Drove, Pinchbeck)
l Cherry Holt (Mill Green Road/Cherry Holt Lane, Pinchbeck)
l Blue Gowt (Blue Gowt Lane, Pinchbeck)
l Mill Green (Woolham Wygate, Spalding)
l Park Road (Park Road, Spalding)
Phase five will take place in late October and further exhibitions will be held in Spalding and other communities to the south of the town affected by the works.
Information is available by calling Network Rail’s Community Relations team on 08457 114141 or by emailing CRNE@networkrail.co.uk