Historic railway bridge strengthened for passengers in Bolton

A Grade II listed railway bridge is being repaired and strengthened for passengers and road users in Bolton.

Improvements started today (Monday 21 October) on Stoneclough Road bridge next to Kearsley station as part of the Great North Rail Project.

Temporary traffic lights will be in use on Stoneclough Road from Monday 28 October until the project finishes in early December. The road will need to be entirely closed to traffic overnight on Saturday 26 October and Saturday 2 November.

Network Rail has written to residents and visited houses nearby as some of the night time work will be noisy.

Careful planning means rail passengers will not be affected by the bridge upgrade work.

Sarah Padmore, scheme project manager for Network Rail, said: “We are carrying out repairs to a bridge which spans Stoneclough Road in Kearsley as part of the Great North Rail Project.

“The work is vital to ensure the bridge remains safe and reliable for passengers and road users. We are grateful for the patience of the local community while the repairs are undertaken and will do all we can to minimise disruption.”

The bridge strengthening and repair work is expected to be complete by Friday 13 December.

More information about how Network Rail maintains bridges can be found at www.networkrail.co.uk/bridges-tunnels-and-viaducts/.