Major railway bridge renewal for road users and rail passengers in Crewe: Middlewich Road bridge Crewe

Wednesday 19 Feb 2020

Major railway bridge renewal for road users and rail passengers in Crewe

Region & Route:
North West & Central

Motorists are being advised about a major bridge upgrade over the railway between Crewe and Chester.

Between February and October the old bridge on Middlewich Road will be removed and entirely replaced.

The £5.7m Great North Rail Project investment in conjunction with Cheshire East Council will make the bridge more reliable for road users and passengers using the railway below for decades to come.

Traffic will be affected by the work first when preparation for the bridge removal starts later this month.

Oluwole Osunneye, scheme project manager at Network Rail, said: “We are grateful to drivers and pedestrians in Crewe for their patience whilst we build a new bridge on Middlewich Road.

“This huge investment is part of the Great North Rail Project and will help to deliver a safe and reliable railway for years to come.”

Middlewich Road will go down to one lane Monday – Friday between 24 February 2020 – 20 March 2020.

The road will then reopen until June but close again for work to complete by October 2020.

Some railway closures will be needed from June when the bridge itself will be removed and a new bridge built in August.

This project is another example of Network Rail and Cheshire East council working together to improve the reliability of the road and rail network in Crewe.

It follows the £11m bridge refurbishment scheme at Sydney Road in September last year.

Contact information

Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41

Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries

Network Rail press office - North West & Central Region
0330 854 0100

About Network Rail

We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.

Usually, there are almost five million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.

Follow us on Twitter: @networkrail
Visit our online newsroom: