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Engineers begin work on Selby swing bridge upgrade

Train tracks closed in Selby
Train tracks closed in Selby for engineering work. Credit: ITV News Calendar

Engineering work has started to repair the swing bridge at Selby. The train line across it is now closed for six weeks with some services being replaced by buses as a new timetable is introduced.

Engineers working in Selby
Engineers working in Selby Credit: ITV News Calendar

A new timetable is in operation for the duration of the upgrade which Network Rail says will safeguard the structure of the bridge for the future.

Passengers board a replacement bus
Passengers board a replacement bus Credit: ITV News Calendar

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Rail commuters warned of major disruption

Thousands of passengers are facing a summer of disruption to their journeys while work is carried out on a rail bridge.

The swing bridge at Selby carries the line which links Hull with Leeds and Manchester and will close in a week's time until the beginning of September.

As James Webster reports for many travellers it will mean getting on a replacement bus service to complete their journey.

Summer of misery for rail passengers

Thousands of passengers are facing a summer of disruption to their journeys while work is carried out on a rail bridge.

The swing bridge at Selby carries the line which links Hull with Leeds and Manchester, and will close in a week's time until the beginning of September.

As James Webster reports for many travellers it will mean getting on a replacement bus service to complete their journey.

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Changes to train services during engineering work

A revised train service will operate around Selby from 2300 on Saturday 26 July to 0525 on Monday 8 September:

  • First TransPenning Express trains will not run between Selby and Hull.
  • Northern Trains will not run between York and Selby.
  • Buses will run between Selby and Hull.
  • Express buses will run between York and Hull.
  • Services between Sheffield and Hull will divert via Goole.
  • First Hull Trains services between Hull and London Kings Cross will divert via Goole.
  • Buses will replace trains from Howden and Selby and connect to/from trains at Goole.
  • A regular train service will operate between Leeds and Selby.
  • Trains between Doncaster and Hull (including freight trains) will divert via Goole.
  • On Sundays buses will replace all First TransPennine Express services between Leeds and Hull.

Rail passengers warned of delays for engineering work around Selby

Selby swing bridge
Selby swing bridge Credit: ITV Calendar

Train passengers are being warned to expect disruption to services around Selby from later this month when major engineering work takes place on the town's swing bridge. £14m is to be spent on the most significant upgrade to the structure since it was built in 1889.

Steelwork needs to be repaired with sections of the bridge being replaced and strengthened and it will also be given a new coat of paint. The hydraulics will be improved and a new track will be laid across the bridge with new walkways and steps for bridge operators.

Work will start on Friday 26 July with a new timetable in operation. Services are due to return to normal on Monday 8 September. During the upgrade some trains will be diverted and others will be replaced by buses.

Rail passengers told to expect delays ahead of Selby swing bridge closure

Rail passengers travelling to and from East Yorkshire are being warned to expect disruption to services when work begins on a major engineering project in a week's time. Millions of pounds is to be spent upgrading Selby swing bridge. Buses will replace trains on many services.

  • Trains will continue to operate between Selby and Leeds
  • First Hull Trains and Northern Trains will continue to operate trains between Hull and Brough
  • Replacement coaches will operate between
  • - Selby and Hull (fast)
  • - Selby, Howden, Brough and Hull
  • - Selby and Brough
  • - Selby and Howden
  • - Direct services between Hull and Leeds will operate in the morning peak to avoid customers having to change between bus and train if they so wish
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