One week to go until five-day railway closure between Southport and Wigan: The bridge over the Leeds Liverpool Canal at Burscough

Thursday 7 Nov 2019

One week to go until five-day railway closure between Southport and Wigan

Region & Route:
North West & Central

Passengers in the North West are being warned about a five-day closure of the railway which starts next weekend to renew a bridge over the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

The railway bridge in Burscough will be completely replaced as part of the Great North Rail Project ensuring more reliable journeys for passengers for years to come.

In order to carry out the major work no trains will run between Southport or Parbold stations from Saturday 16 until Wednesday 20 November.

Passengers are being advised that bus replacement services will operate during that time.

To allow engineers to carry out the work, there will also be a seven-day closure of the canal towpath beneath the bridge from Friday 15 November.

During the closure, more than 400m of track drainage will also be upgraded at Hoscar station. 

Additionally sleepers and sections of rail we be upgraded around Southport station to improve journeys for passengers.

Ian Jones, route delivery director for Network Rail’s North West route, said: “This essential refurbishment is part of the Great North Rail Project and will mean that the bridge will be fit for purpose for decades to come. I'm sorry for any impact the work will have and would like to thank passengers in advance for their patience.”

Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said: “The bridge renewal is a vital part of work to future-proof the railway and we are working hard with Network Rail to keep disruption to a minimum. We will do all we can to keep our customers on the move whilst the work is carried out.”

Rail travellers are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to check before they travel at

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: