Station Road bridge closure, Sutton Bonington

August 25th, 2016

From Monday 19 September 2016 to Friday 31 March 2017 Station Road will be closed to vehicles while the road bridge over the railway line is demolished and rebuilt to facilitate the electrification of the Midland Main Line Railway.

The University and Students’ Union are keen to minimise the impact of the road closure on the villages of Sutton Bonington and Kingston on Soar, so drivers are encouraged to follow the signed diversion routes wherever possible.

Access for pedestrians and cyclists

A temporary footbridge will enable pedestrians and cyclists to continue using Station Road throughout the works. The only exception to this is Saturday 12 to Monday 14 November – when the existing bridge is scheduled to be demolished.

Changes to Sutton Bonington hopper bus service

The road closure means that hopper bus journeys between Sutton Bonington and Kegworth will be unable to operate as usual. Unfortunately, it is not possible to maintain journeys to/from Kegworth and also maintain the capacity and frequency of journeys between University Park and Sutton Bonington within the existing resource allocation.

Hopper bus journeys between University Park and Sutton Bonington Campus will continue to provide intercampus connectivity, however journeys between Sutton Bonington and Kegworth will be withdrawn for the duration of the road closure – with effect from Monday 19 September. Hopper buses will not stop at East Midlands Parkway station for the duration of the road closure.

Alternatives for travelling between Kegworth and Sutton Bonington campus include:

  • Skylink bus service – see Trent Barton’s website for timetables and fares
  • Cycling – the University offers various options for hiring a bike. If it’s been a while since you last used your bike, you may want to take it to the Dr Bike on-site maintenance service; the service is free, but you must book in advance – dates are advertised on the University’s Sustainability Facebook and Sustainability Twitter accounts.
  • Car sharing – staff can join the University’s car share scheme and students can use the Student Carshare website to search for others doing a similar journey. Both websites suggest that driver and passenger share the cost of fuel and include tools for calculating the passenger’s suggested contribution.

Further information

Further details about Network Rail’s Midland Main Line improvement programme are available from the Network Rail website.

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September 2nd, 2016 at 2:51 pm


The Budget doesn’t allow for an extra 0.7 miles taking a trip through Kingston on soar to kegworth?

The Trip to east midlands parkway is slightly shorter avoiding station road anyway.

poor show!

September 5th, 2016 at 12:45 pm


Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, the shortest diversion isn’t suitable for double deck buses as there’s a low bridge on Kegworth Road. Alternative diversion routes would make the journey significantly longer meaning the frequency of buses would need to be reduced.

September 6th, 2016 at 10:54 pm


Is it possible to switch a few of the buses to single deckers which can complete the kegworth loop? I’ve seen single decker buses used as part of the 901 service before so surely a few services a day could link the campus with kegworth

September 8th, 2016 at 5:15 pm


As the Kegworth loop is an extension of the journey from University Park to Sutton Bonington, single deckers would need to be used on these journeys too, which would reduce the number of passengers able to travel between University Park and Sutton Bonington campus.

Please direct any further queries to

November 21st, 2016 at 3:50 pm

Sandy Lawrie

Hi Emma,

Since the road closure will be for several months, it might be good to mention it on the website in the directions for visitors, especially in the section “From the north west”. Can this be arranged?

Just a suggestion!

November 22nd, 2016 at 10:55 am

Mike Jennings

Hi Sandy, thank you for your thoughts – we’re adding this to the page now as you suggest. There is a ‘Works affecting travel to our campuses’ ( page on the visitor section where this was featured, but we completely agree with your suggestion to make this more prominent.

Best wishes,

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