Main Gainsborough road closes to allow for new bridge

The new railway bridge in Gainsborough
Image caption The new bridge has been constructed in a nearby railway yard to minimise disruption

One of the main routes into Gainsborough will be closed for five days while work to replace a 144-year-old railway bridge is carried out.

Network Rail will use specialised lifting platforms to take out the old structure on the A156 from Lincoln and move the new bridge into position.

The work will be carried out between Friday 5 August and Tuesday 9 August.

During this time the road will remain closed, although Network Rail will allow limited access at certain times.

'Spectacular event'

Rachel Lowe, spokeswoman for Network Rail, said the "old bridge is pretty tatty and has reached the end of its useful life".

"It's a massive piece of work and it's quite a tight site, so it's got to be engineered properly," she said.

"So, instead of long disruptive work that will cause a lot of heartache for local people we've done everything we can to get ready for the big weekend, then do it all in one hit.

"It's been deliberately timed to coincide with the school holidays to create the minimum disruption possible."

Steve Wiles, area highways manager for Lincolnshire County Council, said: "It will be quite a spectacular event.

"It is something like 140 tonnes of bridge deck that has to be lifted into place."

A diversion route via Caenby Corner and the A15 has been set-up for anyone travelling from Gainsborough to Lincoln.

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