Great Central Railway Bridge Fund tops £900K
Donations to the appeal have surged forward in the last week, following news that the Heritage Lottery Fund have earmarked almost ten million pounds for the separate Leicester Railway Museum project.
"The support for the Bridge to the Future project continues to inspire us," said GCR Managing Director Bill Ford. "The local community have come together with railway enthusiasts around the world to raise a significant sum and we're very grateful. We are just £100,000 short of our initial million pound target which is a tremendous achievement."
As the project (a partnership with Network Rail) develops, construction work on the bridge has been moved back from summer to autumn 2015. This is to tie in with work on the nearby A60 road bridge over the Midland Main Line, as part of the electrification project. Contractors on the two projects will able to share equipment and site compound space, making the most efficient use of resources.
"We look forward to physical work starting relatively soon and reaching our one million pound funding goal." concluded Bill. "Behind the scenes, much work has been done to prepare the way for the rest of the reunification project. The Midland Main Line bridge is just the start of a very exciting heritage adventure."