Overnight carriageway closures of the M60 at Stockport will be taking place throughout October to allow Network Rail to finish repairing the town’s landmark railway viaduct.
The 171-year-old viaduct, which carries the main railway line between Manchester and Birmingham and London as well serving many local and other long distance routes, is in need of brick and drainage repairs and removal of vegetation.
The Highways Agency has been advised by Network Rail that the only safe way to provide worker access to the 111-feet structure will be by using cherry pickers from the carriageway of the M60. The viaduct, just east of Junction 1, Stockport Pyramid, carries the railway line over the M60.
Network Rail’s work on the viaduct began on Monday, August 8, but the final phase using overnight access from the M60 – between 11pm and 5am each night - is due to start on Monday, October 3.
The work requires 14 overnight closures of the clockwise carriageway between Junction 26 at Bredbury and Junction 1, followed by a further 14 nights of closures of the anti-clockwise carriageway between Junction 1 and Junction 25 at Brinnington.
Clearly-signed diversions via the A560 Crookilley Way and Great Portwood Street which run parallel to the motorway, will be in place when one or the other carriageway is closed.
The work will be carried out for Network Rail by contractors Birse Rail.
Andy Withington, the Highways Agency’s Service Delivery Manager, said, “We have worked with Network Rail to minimise the disruption for road users while the viaduct repairs take place. These M60 closures will enable repairs be undertaken without the need for a permanent scaffold, which would have meant more significant disruption for drivers on the M60.
“Throughout the period of works, Traffic Officers at our Regional Control Centre at Newton-le-Willows will monitor overnight traffic and set electronic signs across the network to advise drivers of closures and diversions.”