Network Rail is investing an enormous £5.7million as part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan to replace ‘Boulderstones Bridge’ in Crewe.
Network Rail is investing an enormous £5.7million as part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan to replace ‘Boulderstones Bridge’ in Crewe—and the next phase of bridge renewal is taking place this August.
Oluwole Osunneye, the scheme project manager for Network Rail, said: “This essential Railway Upgrade Plan work will bring the crossing over the railway up to modern standards making it safe and reliable for both traffic above and rail passengers below.”
This major bridge replacement is following on from the successful £11m bridge refurbishment scheme of another railway bridge in Crewe last year, at Sydney Road in September last year.
The Sydney Road bridge scheme was largely financed through the Department for Transport and Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). It was awarded a £5.85m grant from the Local Growth Fund, and a further £4.15m came in from developer contributions.
In relation to Boulderstones Bridge in Crewe, Network Rail has been working with highways teams at Cheshire East Council, car manufacturer Bentley, (the factory is close to the bridge work), and the nearby Leighton Hospital, to try to keep any traffic disruption caused by this railway bridge work to an absolute minimum.
As a result, all railway passengers between Crewe and Chester are being advised to check before travelling, as the railway will be closed for several days throughout the month.
Road diversions and rail replacement buses will be in operation whilst the closure is in place. “This next important phase involves building the new bridge and can only be done safely by entirely closing the railway,” said Oluwole Osunneye.
“We are very grateful for the patience of rail passengers and road users in Crewe while we completely renew this bridge – reducing traffic and train delays in the years to come.”
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