Railway footbridge work hit with delay

Artist impression of how the Rylands crossing bridge will look
Artist impression of how the Rylands crossing bridge will look
0
Have your say

Delays have hit the construction of a much-needed footbridge over a Chorley railway line.

The Rylands Crossing footpath is being replaced with a bridge, and it was supposed to be finished by the end of September.

But problems arose last weekend when contractors for Network Rail prepared to install the bridge using a crane.

Spokesman Keith Lumley said: “The bridge was supposed to be put in place during the night on September 10.

“We spoke to businesses beforehand, to make sure their trade wouldn’t be affected, and we were ready to go ahead.

“But we got a call from the landowners saying they wanted to discuss things with us, and that’s delayed us being able to put the crane on site. It’s looking like the opening will over-run by one or two weeks.”

The bridge is now set to be finished in early to mid October, and resident Tom Shorrock, who lives near the notoriously dangerous site, is not happy.

He said: “It’s a shambles. It’s such a long walk round for people wanting to cross the railway while it’s shut for construction, and it’s not fair on residents.

“Everyone’s complaining about it.”