Work to modernise the Great Northern Great Eastern (GNGE) rail line running through Spalding should result in a service fit for the 21st century, say rail bosses.
Details of a £280 million upgrade of the line between Doncaster and Peterborough were on show at a public forum in Spalding’s Red Lion Quarter on Tuesday.
About 180 people met with officials from Network Rail who were in Spalding for a four-hour public event which included details of level crossing work to be carried out in the town, as well as Pinchbeck, Surfleet, Gosberton, Quadring and Donington during the summer.
Neil Lindley, programme delivery manager for the GNGE Rail Modernisation Project said: “We had a lot of interested parties who came during the day, including rail enthusiasts asking about the old signal boxes being replaced by a new signalling system.
“The project is based on being able to move a lot of the freight that uses the East Coast mainline onto the GNGE line and to make improvements to journey times for passengers, similar to those on the East Coast mainline.”
The work is taking place in five phases and from July 25 until August 11, a section of track between Spalding and Sleaford will be closed so that level crossings can be upgraded to manually controlled barriers, some with CCTV and ‘obstacle detectors’.
Mr Lindley said: “The project is about 80 per cent through and we’ve probably re-railed about 55,000 yards of new rail track, along with renewing another 49,000 yards of rail track.
“In Spalding, we have demolished two old structures over the railway line, upgraded 15 level crossings and renovated a large part of the track through the town.
“We’re looking at a finish date of around December when we will have taken a 150-year-old railway into the 21st century.”