As part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade we are planning to reconstruct a section of the Westbound on Higham Road Bridge in Northamptonshire.
Higham Road Bridge lies on the Midland Main Line just to the east of Wellingborough in Northamptonshire (NN29 7HB). It is a split overbridge which carries both the east and westbound sections of the A45 dual carriageway (also known as Higham Road).
The section of the bridge carrying the westbound A45 dual carriageway has been identified as having insufficient clearance for the overhead line equipment being installed as part of the electrification of the Midland Main Line (electrified wires carrying 25,000 volts) and therefore needs to be reconstructed.
On 11 and 12 May 2019, we successfully demolished Higham Road bridge and sections of the new structure were installed using a 1200 tonne crane. Whilst the westbound carriageway remains closed, the contraflow is in operation in both directions.
The contraflow has now been removed and the bridge is open to vehicles; there will be a small number of short-term single lane closures on the eastbound carriageway in November as work takes place to raise the height of the walls on the older bridge section. The walls need to be raised to prevent people coming into contact with live electrical equipment below.
Other Improvements works in the area
We are currently working closely with Highways England which is also carrying out work in the area of Chowns Mill Roundabout to ensure disruption to drivers is kept to a minimum. However, delays are likely particularly at peak times and we would advise allowing longer for your journey.
If you have any questions you can contact us or call our 24-hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.