Victorian bridge now restored to past glory

The opening of the new railway bridge on School Lane, Farington Moss

The opening of the new railway bridge on School Lane, Farington Moss

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Work to replace a Victorian railway bridge in Farington Moss is now complete.

School Lane has been closed while Network Rail worked to replace the bridge for almost two months, which they described as being ‘extremely old and in poor condition’.

Members of Farington Parish Council were worried about the loss of important Victorian engineering work, but chairman Roy Clarke says a compromise has now been reached.

“We’ve saved some parts of the structure,” he said. “We’ve got the Victorian balustrade in storage, and they’re going to be used to make new ‘Welcome to Farington’ signs next year.

“We didn’t have to chain ourselves to the bridge after all! In the end, we won, and it’s worked out well.”

He added: “We understood that the work was needed, and it actually looks really good.”

An opening ceremony was held on Monday, in which councillors, pupils from Farington Moss St Paul’s CE Primary School, and members of the public were invited to attend.

Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Graham Walton, unveiled a plaque on the new bridge, to commemorate the ‘Victorian ENG’RS’ who gave railways to the world.

Residents from the immediate area were invited to the Anchor Inn after the ceremony to enjoy a hotpot lunch, as a ‘thank you’ for their patience.