Prepare for delays

The bridge above the railway line on Bolton Road, Atherton, where the road will be closed for three months for bridge repairs
The bridge above the railway line on Bolton Road, Atherton, where the road will be closed for three months for bridge repairs
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MOTORISTS are again facing delays along one of the busiest commuter routes in Wigan borough.

Drivers who use Bolton Road, Atherton, have already faced months of delays as work started to replace a decrepit railway bridge in September.

And although there was some relief as work finished ahead of its three month estimated time scale, drivers will again bear the brunt of the work as temporary traffic lights are put in place for a week.

Earlier this week BT started ducting work, which will see cables put beneath the pavement, and this is scheduled to last until Tuesday, January 10.

During this time temporary traffic lights will be in use during off-peak times.

Network Rail has now replaced the railway bridge supporting the road over the train line, which had become unstable from years of wear and carrying an excessive amount of traffic.

The rail company deemed the bridge unsafe early last year and decided that it could not continue carrying the amount of traffic it was used to as the structure had become so weak.

Commuters, residents and business owners have all faced an array of disruptions since June last year when the first phase of the work got under way and a footbridge was installed.

The main bulk of the work started three months later in September and saw the road completely closed for months, and drivers facing miles of diversions.

And there is still more to come. After the ducting work finishes next week drivers will get a month’s respite before a further closure is implemented for 30 hours from midnight Saturday , February 25 until Monday, February 27 while a temporary bridge is removed.

Closing the structure spanning Bolton Road will mean a large scale diversion along with sporadic cancellation of some train services on the line to Manchester.

Network Rail has a 24-hour helpline for information on 08457 114 141.