Network Rail is set to carry out a £100 million upgrade to Lincolnshire’s railways - and has warned of disruption to train services in Market Rasen over the Christmas period.
The investment programme will see the railway brought up to the most modern standards, creating greater reliability for existing passenger and freight services, as well as increasing the capacity limits of the railway - which creates the potential for more trains to run in the future.
Workers will replace 100-year old signalling along 60 miles of track, upgrade 16 level crossings and build two new bridges - including one in Cleatham Road, Kirton Lindsey.
There will be a 17-day closure of parts of the network, starting on Christmas Eve.
Buses or taxis will replace trains throughout the duration of the work, although not all routes will be closed for the full 17-day duration.
The work will affect services between Market Rasen, Cleethorpes, Gainsborough and Scunthorpe.
There will also be a programme of rolling road closures to allow the work on level crossings and bridges to take place.
Passengers are urged to check arrangements before they travel between December 24 and January 11.
Network Rail route managing director Mark Tarry said: “This major upgrade of the railway has been two years in the planning with the support of the port, industry and local authorities.
“With the majority being carried out over Christmas – a relatively quiet time on the railway – ultimately we will reduce the amount of disruption caused.
“The result will be a state-of-the-art rail network that can not only cope with today’s passenger and freight numbers, but tomorrow’s as well.
“We are creating a railway in this part of the country that passengers, customers and business can trust, and I would like to thank our neighbours and all others who will be impacted by this investment programme for their patience and understanding.”
To check train services and road closures go to nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 11 41 41.