ONE WEEK REMINDER: Work to replace railway bridge near Southport means NO TRAINS

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Credit: Network Rail

Next weekend, a bridge over the Leeds Liverpool canal will be closed, and passengers are being warned not to travel during the five-day closure of the railway.

The railway bridge in Burscough will be completely replaced as part of the Great North Rail Project, it will ensure more reliable journeys for passengers for years to come.

In order to carry out the major work, no trains will run between Southport or Parbold stations from Saturday 16th until Wednesday 20th of November.

Passengers are being advised that bus replacement services will operate during that time.

To allow engineers to carry out the work, there will also be a seven-day closure of the canal towpath beneath the bridge from Friday 15 November.

During the closure, more than 400m of track drainage will also be upgraded at Hoscar station.

Additionally, sleepers and sections of rail will be upgraded around Southport station to improve journeys for passengers.

What did the officials say?

Ian Jones, route delivery director for Network Rail’s North West route, said:

“This essential refurbishment is part of the Great North Rail Project and will mean that the bridge will be fit for purpose for decades to come. I’m sorry for any impact the work will have and would like to thank passengers in advance for their patience.”

Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said:

“The bridge renewal is a vital part of work to future-proof the railway and we are working hard with Network Rail to keep disruption to a minimum. We will do all we can to keep our customers on the move whilst the work is carried out.”

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