Network Rail demolished Irthlingborough Road bridge in late 2018.
This was necessary as part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade to allow the safe passage of high-voltage overhead line equipment as work continues to electrify the railway from Bedford to Kettering and Corby.
Given the location of the Stanton Cross development nearby, Network Rail has been liaising closely with the Stanton Cross project team and Northamptonshire County Council regarding plans for replacing Irthlingborough Road bridge with a like-for-like structure.
The Stanton Cross project team has agreed terms with Network Rail for the construction of a new, improved bridge over the railway that represents a better long-term solution for the area.
The new bridge will incorporate a footpath as well as a cycleway and provide an improved a link to the A45. Work will also take place to improve the alignment of Irthlingborough Road to better connect with the new structure and remove the need for the traffic light controls that were required over the old bridge.
The design of the new bridge is expected to complete in autumn 2019 and construction scheduled to finish in mid-2020. A temporary bridge is in place for pedestrians and cyclists and will remain so. The current diversion route will remain in place until the new bridge (Route 4) linking Midland Road and Irthlingborough Road as part of the Stanton Cross development opens later this year.
Whilst we believe this is positive news that will benefit the area over the longer-term, we appreciate the disruption caused and we would like to thank motorists and neighbours for their patience whilst this work takes place.
For queries or comments, please contact Network Rail’s 24-Hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or go to www.networkrail.co.uk/contactus.