GCR bridge needs extra £100K for water problem

THE Great Central Railway has launched an appeal to raise another £100,000 to fund its bridge over the Midland Main Line at Loughborough after the discovery of unexpected problems below ground.

Contractors have begun work to drive concrete piles that will support the abutments into the ground.

The work in progress to install piles for the new bridge at Loughborough, as seen on June 17. ROBIN JONES

However, the piling machine has encountered water, which was not revealed in test drillings that took ground samples around the site of the northern and southern bridge abutments in January 2014.

The piling machine currently on site needs to be switched for a much larger one that can tackle the water. Larger piles will also be needed.

The GCR has appealed to its supporters and to the general public for donations towards this unforeseen extra cost.

Donations may be made online at www.gcrailway.co.uk/unify

The bridge will link the GCR to its northern counterpart, the Great Central Railway (Nottingham), creating a unique 18-mile heritage trunk route.

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