Extra downtime at Lincoln level crossings over next 7 weekends

Network Rail will divert a number of extra trains through Lincoln for the next seven consecutive weekends, which will lead to extra downtime at the level crossings in the city, particularly on the High Street and Brayford.

From Saturday, September 14, until October 27, traffic through the Lincoln line will be increased by three trains per hour in each direction.

The increased traffic will be on Saturdays between 1pm and 10.45pm, and Sundays between 9.30am and 1pm, on September 4, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 and October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27.

A mix of passenger and freight trains will be rerouted.

Due to this, the level crossing at High Street and Brayford will be down for longer periods of time at weekends until the end of October.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “We are completing track and drainage renewals at eleven separate locations between Doncaster and Peterborough on the East Coast Main Line in an investment worth approximately £5,500k over the next seven weekends.

“This is essential work to safely maintain the line and is scheduled for weekends to minimise disruption to passengers.

“We are acutely aware of the disruption caused by level crossing activations in Lincoln and every effort is being made to keep these to a minimum.

“Our signallers will keep the time when the crossings are active to the safe minimum. We apologise to anyone who is inconvenienced by these essential works.

“Network Rail continues to progress plans for a fully accessible pedestrian bridge to allow safe passage over the railway at High Street at all times.

“We intend to submit a planning application for this bridge in October. Construction on a similar bridge at Brayford Wharf will begin with work on the swan island in November.”