Work to replace two railway bridges at Warrington Bank Quay railway station has been completed over Easter.
Network Rail has released time-lapse footage of the work. As part of the Great North Rail Project, the work saw a giant crane was used to lift the two new bridges into place.
The £3.5m project involved removing the bridge which carries 2 tracks by platform one and also saw a footbridge outside the station replaced.
Trains were unable to call at the station while the work took place. Some work remains to be completed at the station, but is not expected to cause any major disruption to passengers and will be completed by the end of the month.
Further work on the railway network is due to take place over the early May bank holiday weekend and anyone planning to travel should check journey details and plan ahead. For more information on changes to train times, visit the National Rail Enquiries website.
Phil James, director for Network Rail’s North West route, said: “I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carried out these essential railway upgrades in Warrington. This work will improve performance for passengers and freight and help to play its part in Britain building back better from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Now our attention turns to the early May bank holiday when more essential railway improvements will take place. Because of the amount of work being done, passengers are being urged to travel either side of the bank holiday on Friday 30 April and Tuesday 4 May.”
Gus Dunster, executive director of operations and safety at Avanti West Coast, said: “We would like to thank customers for their patience while Network Rail carried out upgrade works at Warrington Bank Quay over the Easter weekend. The works will help to make journeys more reliable for our customers on the West Coast Main Line as we look forward to welcoming them back in the near future.”
Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said: “The Great North Rail Project is making a huge difference for Northern customers and is delivering improved infrastructure that will provide better journeys for many years to come. The improvements in Warrington, alongside our own enhancements to trains and stations, will give our customers a better way to go.”
Andy Carter, MP for Warrington South, said: “My thanks to Network Rail for their work in delivering these improvements for local rail passengers across Warrington. The new structures over the station will improve the resilience of the local network and improve the overall passenger experience.
“Immediate improvements are welcome, but I am continuing to push for long-term investment through schemes like Northern Powerhouse Rail which will be a game-changer for Warrington.”
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