Bridge work delay caused by weather

Closure continues: Skew Bridge in Heath Charnock
Closure continues: Skew Bridge in Heath Charnock

A village will endure further misery after a main road will be closed for longer than expected.

Chorley Road, in Heath Charnock, near Chorley, is currently shut while a bridge is being repaired as part of the electrification of the railway.

It beggars belief, that after all this time, it’s another three weeks and now they blame the weather. I just think it’s an excuse

Skew Bridge was expected to reopen on June 19 after being closed since January, but because of ‘adverse weather conditions’, Network Rail has confirmed that the road will be shut for longer than planned.

It is now expected to open on Friday, July 10.

After learning of the news, Helen Brown, whose business Budz Florists has been impacted by the road closure, said: “We’ve been counting down the days until the bridge reopened.

“It beggars belief, that after all this time, it’s another three weeks and now they blame the weather. I just think it’s an excuse.

“It’s a real kick in the teeth, people have come in the shop moaning about it, it’s gone on too long now.

“This has impacted us for one year, at first Railway Road was closed and then Rawlinson Lane.

“We set up a website one year ago to help improve and develop our business. But that has been making up the shortfall of the lack of customers, we are a hands-on service and want people to come into out shop.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “Regrettably our work to complete the upgrade of Chorley Road bridge has been delayed because of adverse weather conditions which affected when we were able to lift new sections of the bridge into place.

“The revised date for completion is July 10 but we are doing everything we can do complete the work before this.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”

The bridge on Chorley Road is one of several being rebuilt in the area as Network Rail invests more than £1bn in the North West to improve the railway.

Work finished early to rebuild two of the bridges - Stump Lane, in Chorley, and Rawlinson Lane, in Adlington - and Station Road, in Blackrod, reopened as planned last month.