Monday 20 Nov 2023
Rail passengers thanked after seven days of Runcorn bridge upgrades
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Over the last week railway engineers worked around the clock to upgrade two railway bridges in Runcorn, helping to protect and preserve them for years to come.
Improvements to the structures known locally as Warford Farm bridge and Watercourse bridge included strengthening work, waterproofing and brickwork repairs which will help to make journeys more reliable for passengers and freight services.
To complete this work safely a section of railway line had to be closed. Network Rail worked closely with train operators to keep passengers on the move with rail replacement buses in place.
William Brandon, Network Rail project manager for Network Rail, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to passengers for bearing with us while we completed these essential upgrades.
“The work that’s taken place will help to strengthen and preserve the structures, allowing trains to run safely through the area, while increasing the reliability of rail travel for passengers.”
For more information on how Network Rail maintains its bridges, you can visit: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/looking-after-the-railway/bridges-tunnels-and-viaducts/
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