Weak bridge faces five week closure for vital repairs

Lytham Road bridge will be closed for repair work to take place.

Lytham Road bridge will be closed for repair work to take place.

A busy bridge is set to be closed to traffic for almost five weeks for repairs.

It is proposed for Lytham Road bridge to be closed between March 10 and April 11, for the work, set to cost around £875,000, to take place.

The full project, to strengthen and resurface the bridge, will take place between March 3 and July 4 and will involve steelwork repairs followed by cleaning and painting of the metalwork.

Members of Revoe Area Forum were consulted on the plans on Tuesday night.

Coun John Jones, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Fully repairing Lytham Road bridge has been a top priority for a good while now.”

The bridge was closed to buses in early 2011 after fears were raised about its safety, but it was reopened again in October last year.

Now the Network Rail project will see the metalwork strengthened.

Funding will come from both Network Rail and Blackpool Council. Coun Jones added: “I’ve been out to visit the area around the bridge a number of times and know the impact that it has had on the residents and businesses nearby.

“By fixing the bridge it will be a big improvement to them in the long run.

“As always however, to carry out a project this big will include some unavoidable road works, and as such the bridge will need to be closed to traffic for a few weeks.

“However, this is a small price to pay to get the bridge fixed and have the benefits of it being completed.”

Anyone with questions can contact Network Rail on 08457 11 4141 or at www.networkrail.co.uk

The majority of the work will take place during daytime hours, although some would need to be done outside of those hours, while trains are not running on the tracks below.

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