Great Central Railway Bridge Fund tops £900K

The Great Central Railway's Bridge to the Future appeal has now raised nine hundred thousand pounds, within sight of its million pound target. The money will be used to construct a new railway bridge across the Midland Main Line, part of a chain of infrastructure which will ultimately reunite two halves of the GCR. This will create an eighteen mile heritage railway.


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."