|Network Rail teams are spending their Christmases working on a £3.3million project to upgrade a road bridge near Gilberdyke station, instead of enjoying the festivities with their families.|
From late-night on Christmas Eve until the morning of Sunday 27 December, major work will be carried out to completely remove the old bridge and put the new, stronger one in place. This will benefit residents and businesses in the area for years to come.
As usual, there are no timetabled train services on Christmas Day and Boxing Day on this part of the railway. Network Rail has taken the opportunity to carry out this major project and avoid disruption at busier times.
Preparation work in Gilberdyke
In order for this work to take place safely, Staddlethorpe Broad Lane will be closed near Gilberdyke station between 12:00 on Thursday 24 December and 12:00 on Tuesday 29 December. There will be no access over the bridge during this time and a signposted diversion will be in place.
Ann White is a Scheme Project Manager and has spent the last few months carefully planning the programme of work with the team. Over the Christmas period she will be out on site to oversee the work and make sure it is completed on time and within the budget.
New Bridge ready to be put in place
She said: “I live nearby and understand how important this work to replace the bridge near Gilberdyke station is for people in the community. I’m proud to work on the railway and I am looking forward to being out with the team to complete this major project.”
“It will be difficult being away from my family over the Christmas period, but once this work is complete, I’ll still have chance to enjoy some of the festivities.”