Road closed for railway work will open this week

Chorley Road, in Heath Charnock, has been closed since January
Chorley Road, in Heath Charnock, has been closed since January

A busy road closed to traffic for six months will be reopened on Friday.

Chorley Road, in Heath Charnock, was shut while Skew Bridge was demolished and then rebuilt for the electrification of the railway.

“Chorley Road will reopen to traffic at around 2330 on Friday, July 3. We will continue to have a presence beyond this date while work continues to divert utility pipes and cables and carry out amendments to brickwork but this will not affect pedestrians and traffic using the new bridge.”

Network Rail spokesman

Drivers and businesses faced months of traffic problems, as several other roads were also closed for the work.

Skew Bridge was expected to reopen on June 19, but because of “adverse weather conditions”, Network Rail said it would instead open on July 10.

But a Network Rail spokesman said today: “Chorley Road will reopen to traffic at around 2330 on Friday, July 3.

“We will continue to have a presence beyond this date while work continues to divert utility pipes and cables and carry out amendments to brickwork but this will not affect pedestrians and traffic using the new bridge.”

The bridge on Chorley Road has been rebuilt as Network Rail invests more than £1bn in the North West to improve the railway.

The clearance under a series of bridges is being increased to accommodate overhead lines which will power the trains.

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

Grimeford Lane, Blackrod, was also closed earlier this year, but it led to an outcry from people upset about bridges being closed at the same time. The road was reopened and the work rescheduled for later in the year.