Canal bridge next step for Great Central link

THE restoration of the late-Victorian bridge which carries the trackbed of the Great Central Railway over the Grand Union Canal at Loughborough will be the next step in the creation of an 18-mile heritage line between the suburbs of Nottingham and Leicester.

The railway bridge over the Grand Union Canal at Loughborough. GCR

The beams of the £2.5 million replacement bridge (as reported in issue 233), which will link the GCR to its northern counterpart the GCR (Nottingham), were lifted into place during a possession of the four-track Midland Main Line at Loughborough on September 3. The first piece of decking was lifted into place during an overnight possession on September 30/October 1.

The canal bridge to the north of Loughborough’s locomotive shed is the next major project in the link scheme. Work is due to start in autumn 2018, to avoid disruption to summer pleasure boat traffic.

New GCR general manager Michael Gough said: “Undertaking this work does not require planning permission, and access to the site is relatively easy from both the rear of the engine shed and from the canal towpath beneath.

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