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Barnack Road set to close for 16 weeks during Stamford railway tunnel repairs

A main road into Stamford looks set to close for more than 16 weeks to allow for repairs to a railway tunnel.

Network Rail is due to begin work on Tuesday to strengthen and repair Stamford Tunnel, which runs from the railway station under Barnack Road.

The eight-month programme will see a section of Barnack Road closed for much of the summer and autumn, but work is to be paused in late August to prevent traffic chaos during the Burghley Horse Trials.

Motorists will have to make diversions during the Barnack Road closures
Motorists will have to make diversions during the Barnack Road closures

Gary Walsh, director for Network Rail’s East Midlands route, said: “We’ve planned the project carefully to minimise disruption for people in the community and Barnack Road will remain open until July.

"For parts of the project to be carried out safely, a section of the road will be closed with a signposted diversion in place.

"Work will be paused during the Burghley Horse Trials to allow the road to reopen.

“We continue to work closely with Lincolnshire County Council to confirm the dates and further details of the road closures.”

Barnack Road will remain open during the first stage of the improvements, with current plans to close a section of the road from Saturday, July 3 to Monday, August 23, and then Saturday, September 11 until Monday, November 15.

Network Rail has yet to confirm the dates with Lincolnshire County Council, but a diversion will be in place during the closures.

In a letter, neighbouring residents were told most of the work will be carried out from 7am to 5pm seven days a week, with some going ahead between 9pm and 7am when no trains are running.

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