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Network Rail have announced work to upgrade a railway bridge in St Helens will take place this summer.
The project to refurbish the railway bridge spanning Islands Brow is part of the Great North Rail Project and will see the bridge strengthened so it remains suitable for use for years to come.
For the work on the £545,000 project to be completed, a full road closure will take place on Islands Brow beneath the bridge.
The road will be closed from Monday 26th July until Monday 16th August.
Local people have been informed of the work by Network Rail, which will be completed with day and night shifts.
Network Rail has worked with St Helens Council so that the road closure aligns with local school holidays.
Calum Gardner, scheme project manager for Network Rail, said: “We’re carrying out essential work to strengthen Islands Brow railway bridge as part of the Great North Rail Project to help keep the railway running reliably for passengers and freight trains.
“The improvements will also keep the road beneath the railway safe for road users for years to come and I’d like to thank motorists and local people for their patience during the road closure.”
Councillor Andy Bowden, St Helens Borough Council’s cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “This is essential work which is necessary for the safety of rail passengers and motorists alike – and while we appreciate the inconvenience it may cause, council officers have worked closely with Network Rail to minimise disruption, with Network Rail committing to keeping the community updated as things progress.”
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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