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Trains suspended through Melton for up to a week after vehicle strikes bridge causing severe damage

Busses will replace trains through Melton Mowbray train station for up to a week after a vehicle struck a bridge in Rutland causing major damage.


Police issued an update at 08:25 today (Saturday) saying that The A6121 at North Luffenham (Fosters Bridge) was blocked following a police incident.


The scene on Saturday after the bridge was damaged. Photo: Nigel Spencer LR 4 x 4 response.


A HGV, which was operating for Rutland County Council, struck the bridge which has caused major damage to the railway infrastructure causing trains to be cancelled while repairs are carried out.


A statement issued by the authority said: "Earlier today (Saturday 5 November) a heavy goods vehicle transporting containers to and from one of our Household Waste and Recycling Centres struck Foster’s Railway Bridge along the A6121, near Ketton.


Rutland County Council say they will be reviewing the incident with Biffa. Photo: Nigel Spencer LR 4 x 4 Response.


The driver of the vehicle has been taken to hospital as a precaution. The A6121 remains closed between Ketton and South Luffenham, with a local diversion in place via North Luffenham. Engineers from Rutland County Council and Network Rail are currently assessing damage to the bridge. The road is likely to remain closed for several days.


Due to the loss of a collection vehicle, Cottesmore Household Waste and Recycling Centre will be closed on Sunday 6 November 2022. North Luffenham Recycling Centre will remain open as normal.


The damage from above after Saturday's incident. Photo: Network Rail


Rutland County Council will be reviewing the incident with its waste contractor, Biffa."


The drivers condition isn't known.


In a statement Network Rail said: "Engineers on site are advising it will be several days before the line can fully reopen.

Passengers please check before you travel."


Issuing an update on Saturday evening National Rail Enquiries said: "Due to a vehicle striking a bridge between Leicester and Peterborough, trains will not run between these stations.


Disruption is expected until the end of day on Saturday 12 November."


Trains will not run between Leicester and Peterborough following the incident.


Rail replacement road transport has been requested to operate between Leicester and Peterborough from the beginning of service on Sunday 6 November.


From Sunday 6 November, you may use your ticket on the following services to help complete your journey:


London Northwestern Railway between Birmingham New Street and London Euston in both directions.


Thameslink between Peterborough and London Kings Cross in both directions.


Great Northern between Cambridge and London Kings Cross in both directions.


Stansted Express between Stansted Airport and London Liverpool Street in both directions.


London Underground via any reasonable route.

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