Network Rail is inviting residents and businesses in Northamptonshire to attend one of two drop-in sessions to find out about plans to demolish and rebuild a section of Higham Road bridge, near Wellingborough.

The section of the bridge needs to be raised to allow for the safe clearance of overhead line equipment in anticipation of electrification of the route between London to Kettering and Corby via Bedford.

To allow the work to take place safely, the westbound section of the A45 will be closed from Monday 4 February 2019 until Wednesday 16 October 2019, when all traffic will use the eastbound carriageway. Network Rail is working closely with Highways England to co-ordinate the traffic management arrangements in the area.

Residents and businesses wishing to find out more about the work to the bridge and the traffic management arrangements, are invited to attend the information event being held on Friday 25 January at Swansgate Shopping Centre, Wellingborough between 09:00-17:00 or Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre between 09:00-15:00 on Saturday 26 January. Network Rail workers will be on hand to answer any questions which residents may have.

Network Rail Sponsor, Wendy Bell said: “We understand that closing a lane of the dual carriageway can be disruptive and we thank road users in advance for their patience. This work is part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade and is vital for the electrification of the route from London to Bedford.

“We are working closely with Highways England to keep disruption to a minimum and we apologise for any inconvenience which this work causes. I would encourage anyone wishing to find out more to attend one of the drop-in events, where we will be happy to answer any questions.”

Motorists are reminded that Irthlingborough Road bridge, Wellingborough also remains closed as part of further upgrades to the Midland Main Line.

For further information please visit www.networkrail.co.uk/higham-road or contact the Network Rail National Helpline on 03457 41 41.

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