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 reconstruction programme remains on schedule for the road to re-open in the Autumn.

Work to upgrade the Westbound section of Higham Road bridge began on 4 February 2019 to establish a contraflow on the Eastbound carriageway. The contraflow was completed and came into use on 4 March and will remain in place until 16 October 2019. During this period traffic from the junction adjacent to Ditchford Road (Eastbound) and before Chester Road (Westbound) will be directed onto the contraflow. There will be no access from the slip roads going Westbound on to the A45 throughout the duration of our works (A5001). Please note that the sections of the A45 outside of the contraflow remain as operational dual carriage way.

In addition, whilst the Eastbound carriageway does have sufficient clearance for electrification, its parapet walls need to be raised to 1.8m to maintain safe separation between electrified wires and bridge users.

Public information events

We held two public information events about this work on the 25 & 26 January 2019.

The events were held at:

25 January: Swansgate Shopping Centre, Wellingborough, NN8 1EY 26 January: Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre, NN10 6FH

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.

Further details about the Highways England work

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