Merseyside residents informed about major railway bridge renewals: Rainford-Bypass-bridge-aerial (1)

Monday 6 Jul 2020

Merseyside residents informed about major railway bridge renewals

Region & Route:
North West & Central
| North West & Central: North West

Road users and residents near St Helens are being informed about a major railway bridge upgrade this summer.

The Network Rail investment, as part of the Great North Rail Project, will see the railway bridge spanning Rainford Bypass (A570) refurbished and strengthened so it remains safe and reliable for decades to come.

To safely complete the work, lane closures will be in place on Rainford Road between Mossborough Island and Lodge Lane/Bushy Lane from 5pm on Saturday 18 July until Monday 26 October 2020.

There will also be six full road closures between 5pm on Saturday to on 6am on Monday on the following weekends:

  • Saturday 18 July to Monday 20 July
  • Saturday 25 July to Monday 27 July
  • Saturday 5 September to Monday 7 September
  • Saturday 12 September to Monday 14 September
  • Saturday 17 October to Monday 19 October
  • Saturday 24 October to Monday 26 October

During the weekend closures, a road diversion will be in place and will be clearly signposted. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will remain open throughout the project's duration.

Nathaly Oshodin, scheme project manager for Network Rail, said: “I’d like to thank residents and road users in advance for their patience while we complete this major upgrade to the railway bridge over the Rainford bypass.

“The Great North Rail Project investment will secure the bridge’s future for road users below and improve the reliability of rail journeys for rail passengers above.”

Work to refurbish the bridge will take place during a combination of day and night-time shifts.

Network Rail has written to local people and is working closely with St Helens Council to minimise the disruption to all road users and residents.

Notes to Editors

Lane closure of Rainford Bypass (A570)

Lane closures on the slow lanes will be imposed on Rainford Bypass will be in place between Mossborough Island roundabout and Lodge Lane/Bushy Lane from Monday 20 July 2020 to Monday 7 September 2020.

Lane closures on the fast lanes will be imposed on Rainford Bypass be in place between Mossborough Island roundabout and Lodge Lane/Bushy Lane from Monday 7 September 2020 to Monday 26 October 2020

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