Works to the Railway Bridge over Rainford Bypass



Rainford Bypass railway
bridge refurbishments

6 July 2020

Merseyside residents informed about
major railway bridge renewals

Network Rail is undertaking a project to refurbish Rainford Bypass railway bridge this
summer to ensure that the structure remains safe and reliable for decades to come.

The work is being completed as part of the Great North Rail Project.

We are waterproofing and refurbishing the railway bridge over Rainford Road
(Rainford Bypass), as well as replacing the tracks on top of the structure.

To safely complete the work, lane closures will be in place on
Rainford Road between Mossborough Island and Lodge Lane / Bushy Lane
from 7am on Monday 20 July until Monday 19 October 2020.

Lane closures on the slow lanes on Rainford Bypass will be
in place between Mossborough Island roundabout and Lodge Lane /
Bushy Lane from Monday 20 July 2020 to Monday 7 September 2020.

Lane closures on the fast lanes will be imposed on Rainford Bypass
between Mossborough Island roundabout and Lodge Lane /
Bushy Lane from Monday 7 September 2020 to Monday 26 October 2020.

There will also be six full road closures between 5pm on
Saturday to on 6am on Monday on the following weekends:

• Saturday 18 July to Monday 20 July

• Saturday 25 July to Monday 27 July

• Saturday 5 September to Monday 7 September

• Saturday 12 September to Monday 14 September

• Saturday 17 October to Monday 19 October

• Saturday 24 October to Monday 26 October

During the six weekend closures, diversions will be signposted –
you can view and download the full diversionary route here.

Access for pedestrians and cyclists will remain in place throughout this time.


Changes to train services:
Saturday 5 September 2020

Our work has been planned to keep trains moving as much as possible, however
to complete the track replacement work on top of the bridge, a closure
of the railway is required on the weekend of 5 and 6 September 2020.

During the closure, bus replacement services will be in
operation between Wigan and Kirkby on Saturday 5 September.

We’re urging passengers who need to travel on this day to plan ahead at




Keeping the community informed

Residents who live on Siding Lane and Ormskirk Road near to the bridge will receive information
in the post shortly detailing the road closure and when our engineers will be working.

Work to refurbish Rainford Bypass railway bridge will be carried out by J. Murphy & Sons Ltd
on behalf of Network Rail and the map below shows where our work site will be situated.

Care will be taken to position equipment and lighting to
cause as little disruption to the local community as possible.



Noisy work

Grit-blasting is a noisy activity and must be done to remove the old paint and rust
on the bridges to fully expose the structural elements. We will then be
able to carry out a thorough inspection and repairs to the bridge structure.

Grit blasting will take place between:

Monday 10 August 2020 and Friday 14 August 2020

•           07:00 – 16:00 daily – to complete grit blast work

•           16:00 – 22:00 daily – to complete the clean-up process

Monday 28th September 2020 and Friday 2nd October 2020

•           07:00 – 16:00 daily – to complete grit blast work

•           16:00 – 22:00 daily – to complete the clean-up process


Being a considerate neighbour

Safety is our priority and for this reason, some of our work must be
carried out while trains are not running. Under our licence conditions we
are contractually obliged to work, whenever possible, at times that cause
the least disruption to train services. Unfortunately, this means carrying out
a lot of our improvements during the night and at weekends.

We understand the inconvenience and disruption our work may cause.
The type of equipment and machinery we use does mean some disturbance
is unavoidable, but we will make every effort to minimise any unnecessary noise.

All staff and contractors are briefed on working responsibly in the local community.
We expect staff to be considerate, polite and courteous at all times.

Members of the public can contact Network Rail any time via our

National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41

or online at

To help us respond more quickly, we kindly ask that people quote
‘Rainford Bypass Railway Bridge Improvements’ when contacting our
helpline, so that any queries are swiftly passed onto the right team.

Image: Rainford Bypass railway bridge, Rainford, St Helens.

If you have any questions about this project or other matters relating
to the railway, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.




Jonathan Cooke
Communications Manager
4 Travis Street, Manchester, M1 2NY
Twitter @TheGNRP