Chorley residents call to remove concrete block left at rail repair site

Left behind: Tommy Shorrock next to the block
Left behind: Tommy Shorrock next to the block

Residents have complained after a huge concrete block was left at a revamped bridge – weeks after the work was completed.

Folk living in the Stump Lane area of Chorley are wondering when the block will be removed.

They’ve done a good job, there’s no complaints about the work. The only problem is, when they’ve finished they’ve left a big piece of concrete which looks awful

Tommy Shorrock

Tommy Shorrock, 67, who stood as a UKIP candidate at the Chorley council elections in May, said: “They put in a new bridge for the electrification of the railway line at Stump Lane.

“They’ve done a good job, there’s no complaints about the work. The only problem is, when they’ve finished they’ve left a big piece of concrete which looks awful.

“It’s about six foot by two foot – I’ve had a lot of complaints.

“What a mess. It’s a concrete nightmare.”

Mr Shorrock said he thinks the block may have been left there to stop pedestrians from walking into the roadway.

“It’s not causing any disruption at all, but they’ve spent all this money doing the bridge up and left this big lump of concrete there.

“They’ve done up the footpath, both sides, and done a real good job, but to leave something like that, it’s not on. They shouldn’t have left it like that. I want a safety fence put up instead of that.”

Stump Lane was closed for months earlier this year as the electrification work took place.

The bridge was just one of a number of closures that left businesses and motorists facing months of disruption.

Network Rail said the closures were part of a £1bn investment to provide faster more frequent services across the north.

No-one from Network Rail was available for comment on the concrete block complaints at the Stump Lane bridge as we went to press.