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Lytham St Annes railway bridge to be rebuilt

Lytham St Annes railway bridge to be rebuilt

Highbury Road Bridge trackside work week one January 2019 .(Network Rail Image)

Passengers, motorists and residents in Lancashire are being reminded that work to replace Highbury Road bridge in Lytham St Annes begins next week.

As part of the Great North Rail Project, the work will see the complete replacement of the bridge making it safer, more reliable and in need of less maintenance in future.

While the work takes place, Highbury road will be closed to all traffic from 7am on Monday (14 January) and will reopen on Friday 10 May 2019.

A road diversion will be in place throughout the work and will be clearly signposted. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will remain open throughout the project’s duration.

The railway between Kirkham & Wesham and Blackpool South will be closed for two weekends in March. On 9-10 and 16-17 March, replacement buses will operate between Preston and Blackpool South.

The railway between Preston and Blackpool North will remain open at all times.

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Kathryn Berry, scheme project manager for Network Rail, said: “This essential refurbishment is part of the Great North Rail Project and will ensure that Highbury Road Bridge will remain safe for years to come.

“I apologise for the impact the work will have and I’d like to thank passengers and local people in advance for their patience.”

Chris Jackson, regional director for Northern, said: “The Great North Rail Project is transforming the railway in the north of England and has provided Blackpool with significant improvements during the past 12 months. This latest phase of work is key to the ongoing improvements and future-proofing of our network in Lancashire.

“I’d like to thank our customers and other local people for their patience and understanding, and call on anyone planning to use Northern services on the affected weekends to carefully check timetables before they travel.”

Work to replace the bridge will take place during a combination of day and night time shifts. Network Rail will continue to keep local people informed about the work.

Passengers warned of very busy trains this Saturday due to strike action

Rail passengers in the north are being warned of busier-than-usual trains this Saturday.Continuing RMT strike action means most Northern services won’t run after 5pm. Other operators’ services will be busier.Passengers – especially those travelling in and out Manchester Piccadilly – are being offered three top travel tips:
– Plan your journey
– Check before you travel at
– Know the times of your trains home

A spokesperson for Network Rail added: “We are expecting trains and stations in Manchester to be very busy again this weekend so are urging passengers to be prepared.“Most Northern services will stop running after 5pm on Saturday due to RMT strike action, meaning other operators’ trains will be busier than usual.“We therefore urge train customers to check before you travel at, plan your journeys in advance, and know the times of your trains home.“Network Rail and train companies are working as one team to get people from A to B as safety and swiftly as possible.”Extra staff will be on hand at Manchester Piccadilly station on Saturday to help passengers safely make their journeys to and from the station.For information on the Northern strike visit: To plan and check journeys visit

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Crewe to Manchester weekend passengers reminded to check before they travel in February .

Passengers who travel between Crewe and Manchester are being advised to plan ahead as work to replace a bridge over the West Coast main line will ramp up in early 2019.

For four consecutive weekends, from Saturday 2 to Sunday 24 February, Network Rail will carry out work to replace the Sydney Road bridge in Crewe.

The project is being delivered by Network Rail on behalf of Cheshire East Council and includes replacing the existing single-lane road bridge with a structure wide enough to accommodate two-way traffic and safer routes for cyclists and pedestrians.

A closure of the railway is needed to safely remove the existing bridge structure and lift the new, wider bridge into place using a giant crane.

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Chris Atkins, project manager for Network Rail, said: “We are working closely with the train operators to minimise the disruption to passengers and raise awareness of these changes to weekend services between Crewe and Manchester in February.

“We understand that this work also affects our lineside neighbours and have written to residents who live near to where our work is taking place.

“There is never a good time to impact journeys but we have planned the work to affect the fewest number of passengers over the shortest period of time. This is essential work and I’d like to thank passengers in advance for their understanding.”

During the closures, Virgin Trains and CrossCountry services to and from Manchester will not call at Crewe or Wilmslow and be diverted via Stoke-on-Trent. Northern’s train services will start and terminate at Alderley Edge, with bus replacement services operating between Wilmslow and Crewe.

Work to replace the Sydney Road bridge began in October and has required a closure of the road, which will remain in place until the end of May 2019. A clearly sign-posted diversion route remains in place and a temporary footbridge has been installed for pedestrians.

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