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Trains will not run through Bolton ‘until further notice’ after bridge collapse

Northern Rail will not be running trains through Bolton “until further notice” after a burst water pipe caused a section of Moses Gate bridge to collapse onto the railway.

As well as debris falling on the railway, the damage created a hole in the road above. Network Rail has now confirmed that “major engineering” work is needed to make the bridge and highway safe before the road and railway can be reopened.

Andy Morgan, senior sponsor for Network Rail, said the infrastructure owner is working round the clock to repair the damaged bridge and get train customers and road users on the move as normal through the area.

Moses Gate burst main

“Repairing the water-damaged bridge is a complex engineering challenge requiring a bespoke design,” he added. “We are working closely with Bolton Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and United Utilities to safely carry out the repairs so the railway line and the road can be reopened as quickly as possible.”

The work means that the railway line between Bolton and Manchester, which has been closed since 12 August as the Orange Army carried out upgrade work in preparation for electric trains, will remain closed next week.

Moses Gate damage to railway bridge

The station and railway was due to reopen on Monday 28 August. Network Rail has confirmed that the upgrade work, which forms part of the £1bn+ Great North Rail Project, is still due to be completed as planned.

It is anticipated that a reduced train service will be in place for the following four weeks. The road could be closed for up to six weeks.

Moses Gate aftermath of burst water main

Rob Warnes, performance and planning director for Northern, added that the TOC is working alongside Network Rail to keep passengers onthe move through Bolton, with a fleet of rail replacement buses.

“We advise all customers to check before they travel to make sure they have the most up to date information via the Northern website,” he said. Trains, however, will still run from Bolton to Blackburn and Clitheroe.

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Andrew Gwilt   31/08/2017 at 10:06

Not good. Well that's jeopardised the electrification on the Bolton line. Hope it gets sorted out so that the electrification can continue.

Frankh   04/09/2017 at 21:19

Unless NR is making use of this to complete the OHLE from Euxton jnct - Bolton I can't understand why bus replacement services are running between Preston and Bolton when they could run trains. Some could even reverse there go to Hindley reverse again and go via Walkden to Salford then Manchester. Some have been planned to do that but haven't run.

Frankh   05/09/2017 at 13:20

Northern are now running trains from Preston - Bolton.

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