Great Central Railway 'Bridging the Gap' Progress

Great Central Railway
GCR's project prepares for work on the historic Grand Union Canal bridge
Published Fri, 2017-10-20 12:14

The Great Central Railway is preparing to complete work on the historic Grand Union Canal bridge as part of the next stage of its 'Bridging the Gap' project.




Great Central Railway © Duncan Harris - Creative Commons Licence

Once completed, the project will reconnect the two halves of the Great Central Railway for the first time in more than 50 years. Part of a chain of infrastructure, the project aims to carry the railway over the Midland Main Line, creating an 18-mile heritage line between Leicester and Nottingham. 

Progress has already been made, with a brand new bridge currently being installed to cross over the Midland Main Line. The bridge recently had its main beams put in place, as well as some sections of its decking. Meanwhile, the contractors are preparing some of the 20,000 facing bricks required for the two abutments and wing wall structures.

The next big step in the project will be the renovation of the bridge over the Grand Union Canal, which has not carried a train since 1969 before the GCR was closed by British Rail. To avoid disruption to boat traffic, the work to the bridge is expected to be carried out in Autumn 2018. 

For more information on the project, including ways to help out through donations, visit the Great Central Railway website here.

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