Parts of a railway bridge have been moved into place by a 1,000-tonne crane in a bid to re-connect a rail line in the East Midlands. The bridge at Loughborough will allow the Great Central Railway to cross the Midland Mainline and link up with another heritage line from Ruddington. The £2.5m project will see the reinstatement of 500m of missing embankment, track and bridge. Two steel beams were put in place and the bridge decking will be added later. The original bridge was removed in the early 1980s as part of cutbacks to the railway network. When completed, the bridge will allow heritage rail lines on both sides to link up creating a new 18-mile (29km) route. The Great Central Railway runs from Leicester to Loughborough while the Great Central Railway Nottingham runs from south Nottinghamshire to northwest Leicestershire.
A giant crane starts work on a new rail bridge that will reconnect two parts of a railway line divided in the 1980s.