Network Rail completes work on Stamford tunnel early

The newly rebuilt railway tunnel beneath Barnack Road in Stamford, which was completed by Network Rail ahead of schedule. EMN-160302-165301001
The newly rebuilt railway tunnel beneath Barnack Road in Stamford, which was completed by Network Rail ahead of schedule. EMN-160302-165301001
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Work to rebuild a railway tunnel in Stamford has been finished ahead of schedule.

Network Rail has strengthened the tunnel under Barnack Road as part of its railway upgrade plan. The Victorian tunnel, which was built more than 160 years ago, was reinforced using Stamford stone to improve its reliability.

The project began in September and was originally due to be finished in February, but engineers were able to complete it earlier this month.

Route managing director Rob McIntosh said: “I’m delighted the rebuilding work has been completed ahead of schedule.

“Stamford Tunnel is an important part of the railway between Syston and Peterborough and the work that has been done will help maintain the reliability of train services for passengers.”

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