MOTORISTS to the west of Grantham are facing two extra weeks of chaos, as Network Rail need an additional two weeks to finish Springfield Road railway bridge.
All through traffic from the midlands has been diverted through town since early November as the road east of Stamford Street has been closed.
It will now be closed until midnight on Friday 12 December, allowing Network Rail to continue their essential works.
Three further overnight closures between 7pm and 8am the following morning, have been planned for the following weekends in the New Year:
- Saturday 10 January to Sunday 11 January
- Saturday 17 January to Sunday 18 January
- Saturday 24 January to Sunday 25 January
These closures will enable Network Rail to put the protection beams in place, which must be done after a few weeks to allow the concrete to set.
Pedestrian access will continued to be maintained via the adjacent subway, and two-way access on Springfield Road will be maintained for businesses and residents via Harlaxton Road.
Area Highways Manager Mark Heaton said: “Due to the type of work being done and for the safety of drivers and workers, it is necessary to close the road while work is carried out to prevent future strikes on the bridge.
“We’d ask for your patience while this essential work is carried out.”
Justin Page, area director at Network Rail, said: “We’re installing collision protection beams at the railway bridge on Springfield Road to help reduce the disruption caused by vehicle strikes.
“Unfortunately the bridge has been struck numerous times in the past as a result of driver error, which has caused significant delays to train services and often road users.
“In the future these beams will take the brunt of any strike, which will enable us to open the railway line and road more quickly and efficiently.”
All traffic will continue to be diverted along Harlaxton Road, Wharf Road and London Road.