Network Rail will begin major improvements to Swineshead level crossing next month in a £1million investment.

Work begins on Monday 7 December and will see the road surface on the crossing, which sits on the busy A17, replaced, bringing smoother journeys for drivers.

The project involves digging up and completely removing the old level crossing surface, as well as the track and ballast – the stones which support the track.

New, stronger concrete will then be installed on the crossing, which the new track will fit into. This will be the first time that this type of level crossing surface has been used in the East Midlands. The improvements will make it much smoother for drivers and cyclists using the crossing and quieter for people who live nearby. The new level crossing surface will also require less maintenance, reducing the number of road closures and disruption for drivers in future.

This project follows on from work in May when Network Rail replaced the old level crossing barriers with modern, new ones to help create a more resilient railway.

Vinny Briggs, Route Level Crossing Manager for Network Rail, said: “This work to upgrade the road surface and the track at Swineshead level crossing is vital to improve journeys for drivers on the busy A17 and to make sure train services can continue running reliably for years to come.

“We’ve already upgraded the barriers and it’s great that Swineshead level crossing is now the first one in the area to benefit from this new crossing surface.

“We’ve planned this work carefully so it causes as little disruption as possible and we’re sorry for any inconvenience that the road closures cause.”