Chance to find out about rail line upgrade

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Commuters and road users worried about the impact of a £280m rail upgrade can get all the information they need at an event being held in Spalding on Tuesday.

Network Rail are hosting a public meeting in the Red Lion Quarter, where officials will be on hand to answer any questions.

This follows a similar event at Gosberton Church Hall on Saturday.

For the current phase of works, 15 level crossings are being modernised. The next line closure is from July 25 to August 11 and will affect commuters from Spalding to Lincoln. There will be no trains on the line during this period (except for works/engineering trains and test trains), but passenger transport providers (train and bus companies) are organising alternative transport during this period.

In spite of assurances from Network Rail about limiting the impact, there has been concerns about traffic build-up around the town centre.

Chairman of Pinchbeck Parish Council Andrew Bowser is already concerned about what will happen when the number of freight trains using the line are increased.

He said: “We are expecting barriers to be down 20 minutes in every hour. It raises serious concerns about traffic problems because more homes are being built and the town will effectively be cut in two.”

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “The GNGE modernisation project will, upon completion, allow for an additional two trains per hour, in each direction (above the current line capacity).

“However, it is important to stress that Network Rail does not determine whether, or when, the additional capacity will be utilised, or by what type of service.

“This decision is not made by us.”

The public meeting is being held from 10am to 2pm.