Railway bridge will be shut for an extra three weeks

Work on Skew Bridge earlier this year. Picture by Mick Ogden.

Work on Skew Bridge earlier this year. Picture by Mick Ogden.

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A main road will be closed for longer than expected as work to rebuild it is delayed due to “adverse weather conditions”.

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

Skew Bridge has been closed since January and was due to reopen on Friday, June 19.

But Network Rail has today announced that the road will be shut for longer than planned.

A 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.

Rebuilding the bridges provides increased clearance to accommodate the overhead lines which will power electric trains.

But the road closures have caused delays for drivers and some business owners have complained about the impact.

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.