In the early hours of Sunday 3rd September 2017, a long-held ambition to reinstate a demolished GCR bridge across the Midland Main Line at Loughborough has taken a major step forward, with the two main beams of the new bridge now installed after overnight works by contractors.
The new bridge will one day carry Great Central Railway heritage trains over the tracks of the Midland Main Line below. As one of the most ambitious civil engineering projects undertaken by a heritage railway, ‘Bridging the Gap’ will reinstate approximately 500 metres of missing embankment, track and bridges – all of which were removed after the Great Central Railway was closed as part of a major rationalisation of the railway network by the Government of the day.
When the whole project is complete it will create an eighteen mile heritage railway stretching across the East Midlands which will create jobs and drive regeneration through tourism.
Through the Local Growth Fund, the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) allocated £1 million towards the project. For an overview of the LLEP’s Local Growth Fund Projects, click here.
For more information about the bridge installation, click here.
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