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The Gallery | Ashton-under-Lyne bridge reopens

A road bridge above a railway line in Greater Manchester reopened this week, after a £4M upgrade scheme by Network Rail.

The original Richmond Street bridge was over 100 years old and had reached the end of its design life. As part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, the project, which started in April this year, replaced the structure with a new bridge that is expected to last for 125 years.

The 730t bridge was installed during the August bank holiday using an 800t crane, and was reopened to pedestrians and motorists on 14 November.

“I’d like to thank local residents in Aston-under-Lyne for their patience while we carried out this essential work,” said Network Rail scheme project manager Mark Ashton

“We recognised that the work to install this new bridge would cause some disruption; however, it was coming to the end of its useful, safe life and to ensure the railway and road bridge continued to be safe and reliable, we had to replace it.”

“I’m pleased to see the new bridge in place as part of a £4M investment in the borough’s infrastructure,” added Ashton Town Council chair Joyce Bowerman.

“I’m sure nearby residents and businesses will be happy to have Richmond Street open again after so many months. Traffic disruption is always difficult to endure but the original bridge was 100 years old and beyond repair.”

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