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A6003 between Oakham and Uppingham reopens 24 hours ahead of schedule today following a 12-week closure for Network Rail bridge repairs

A main road has reopened today (Sunday, July 4,) following a 12-week closure and 24 hours ahead of schedule.

The A6003 between Oakham and Uppingham has been closed since April 12 while Network Rail replaces a bridge at Manton.

The work has caused chaos for motorists, with many drivers seeking an alternative route through the villages rather than following the diversion along the A47 and A606.

The A6003 should reopen as planned today. Photo: Network Rail
The A6003 should reopen as planned today. Photo: Network Rail

The police had to carry out extra patrols as a result of the public’s safety concerns.

But Network Rail, which had earlier said the road would reopen by 9pm on Monday, reopened the road today.

Speaking beforehand, Network Rail spokesman Gary Walsh said: “Work on the £2.8million project to upgrade Manton bridge is progressing well and we are confident that the A6003 will reopen as planned.

“Traffic lights will be in place for a further two weeks to allow us to complete the final stage of the project safely.

“We want to thank people for their continued patience whilst this vital work has taken place. It will make sure people can use the road and railway safely and reliably for years to come.”

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