Delays ahead as busy canal bridge to close

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MOTORISTS in Leigh are facing months of disruption when a busy road is closed for major repairs to a swing bridge.

British Waterways will close Plank Lane for 13 weeks starting on Monday, January 23 in order to repair the lift bridge over the Leigh branch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Work on the £370,000 project was originally due to start last week but has now been put back, and will not be completed until around mid-April.

The renovation work will include fitting a new deck to the lift bridge, overhauling its mechanics and electrics and repainting the steel superstructure.

Only the bridge itself will be closed, the household waste recycling centre on Plank Lane will remain open and British Waterways will handle traffic management.

Drivers seeking to travel between Lowton and Leigh who normally use Plank Lane will have to use the East Lancs Road and Atherleigh Way.

Mark Tilley, head of highways, said: “British Waterways have made arrangements with the bus companies to cover virtually every property served. They will also be installing a pedestrian bridge during the scheme.

“All parties hope that drivers will understand that the bridge must be safe.”