Network Rail invests £17 million in Cheshire bridge and viaduct this February

Network Rail is investing £17 million to protect Cheshire’s most iconic railway bridges for decades to come.

The vital refurbishment will make the railway safer and more reliable but the line from Crewe to Manchester and Sandbach to Northwich will have to close between 13 and 24 February while the improvements are made.

Terry Strickland, area director for Network Rail said:

“While the work will cause some disruption to passengers’ journeys for 11 days, Network Rail has worked with the train operators to ensure all of this work can be conducted at the same time, saving £500,000 of taxpayers’ money and avoiding longer-term disruption.

“I’d like to thank passengers in advance for their patience while the work takes place.”

The two of Cheshire’s most well-known architectural landmarks are receiving a full makeover including the removal of water stains on the walls, brickwork repairs and waterproofing.

Meanwhile Network Rail engineers will undertake strengthening work to the Hungerford Road bridge in Crewe, Shipbrook Road bridge in Rudheath and to the Whatcroft underbridge and the Trent and Mersey Canal bridge in Davenham.

Operators Arriva Trains Wales, Northern Rail, CrossCountry and Virgin Trains are expected to run trains and replacement bus services but journeys may be longer than usual. Services between Manchester  and London and Manchester and South Wales will temporarily be diverted via Macclesfield and Stockport.