Rail bridge to reopen after six months

A BRIDGE closed for six months when a freight train crashed into it is set to reopen this week.A resumption of train services from Ipswich to Peterborough is now expected after Network Rail yesterday confirmed it was on course to complete the “incredibly challenging project”.

A BRIDGE closed for six months when a freight train crashed into it is set to reopen this week.

A resumption of train services from Ipswich to Peterborough is now expected after Network Rail yesterday confirmed it was on course to complete the “incredibly challenging project”.

The original bridge, which spanned the River Ouse at Ely, was damaged by the derailment of a freight train on June 22 and had to be demolished.

Months of painstaking work concluded this weekend with the centre span of the new bridge craned into place and track maintenance teams are now working to lay new track and signals to make the railway operational again.

Patrick Hallgate, route director for Network Rail Anglia, said: “I'm very much looking forward to seeing passenger and freight services return to this important local and cross-country route.

“This has been an incredibly challenging project but everyone involved has worked tirelessly to get the new bridge built and I'm delighted that the finishing line is now in sight.

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Commuters travelling from Bury St Edmunds to Peterborough have been affected by the incident when the goods locomotive left the tracks on a bridge over the River Ouse.

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