"Fewer delays" to trains following £1.5m repairs to Manea bridges

Rail passengers face fewer delays to services between Cambridge and Peterborough, thanks to bridge repairs in Manea, Network Rail says.

The two busy bridges are used by over 170 trains each day travelling between Ely and Manea.

The speed restriction was lifted last week on the rail line at Manea following completion of a £1.5 million package of structural repairs to the bridges over the Christmas period.

Thirty Network Rail engineers worked the equivalent of 2400 hours to replace 13 pairs of rotting timbers and make steel work repairs to the bridges, which also included replacing sections of track.
Before the work took place a speed restriction was implemented to protect the bridges from further deterioration.
This was removed upon completion of the work, allowing trains to travel at their normal speed.

It’s led to fewer delays and a more reliable service for passengers travelling between Cambridge and Peterborough, Network Rail says.
Its Anglia route director Meliha Duymaz said: “This work was an essential part of our Railway Upgrade Plan to enable the smooth and reliable operation of services in this area.”
Network Rail has thanked passengers for their patience during the work.

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