The Great Central Railway has launched a fresh appeal as it prepares for restoration work on the historic Grand Union Canal bridge as part of the next stage of its 'Bridging the Gap' project.
Once completed, the project will reconnect the two halves of the Great Central Railway for the first time in more than 50 years. The project aims to carry the railway over the Midland Main Line, creating an 18-mile heritage line between Leicester and Nottingham.
A multi-million pound investment has already seen a new bridge built to carry Great Central steam hauled trains over Network Rail’s Midland Main Line. The latest 'Crossing the Canal' appeal aims to raise £475,000 to help fund the complete repair and restoration of the canal bridge. The Railway hopes that work on the bridge can be carried out without the need to lift the bridge completely. This is likely to mean some disruption to boat traffic below, so it needs to be done when the canal is quieter. The earliest window is Autumn 2018 but the railway can't proceed unless it has sufficient funds. The railway also needs to continue its design work, so that permission to build the rest of the new infrastructure reunification can be achieved.
If you'd like to make a donation towards the appeal, please visit the Great Central Railway website for more information.
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