Impressive footage shows Network Rail replace entire rail junction on East Coast Mainline

News: Impressive footage shows Network Rail replace entire rail junction on East Coast Mainline

Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…

Impressive footage has been released showing how Network Rail replaced a track junction in Newark over the course of a weekend.

The works came as part of the East Coast Upgrade, a £1.2 billion plan to increase capacity and reliability on the East Coast Mainline which runs from London King’s Cross through Lincolnshire towards Leeds, York and Newcastle.

As part of these works Network Rail, which is responsible for maintaining and upgrading the tracks, has laid 600km of new cabling between London and Bawtry, as well as putting in new connections with the National Grid.

Over the course of the August Bank Holiday weekend, the public body closed the line at Newark Northgate station to allow for the replacement of the a junction where the track crosses the line between Nottingham and Lincoln.

Network Rail has now released impressive timelapse footage showing how they removed and then replaced the junction, which is known as the Newark flat crossing.

The video shows workers ripping up the old track at the junction on Saturday, August 25 before relaying the foundations and installing the replacement junction on Sunday, August 26 and connecting it back to the mainline on Monday, August 27.

As a result of the works East Midlands Trains were forced to put on replacement bus services beweeten Nottingham and Lincoln and between Newark Northgate and Lincoln.

Most LNER trains were diverted between Doncaster and Peterborough, via Lincoln, while some trains ran thought to terminate at Retford, althought there was no replacement transport between there and Newark Northgate.



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