A HUGE project could be on the way to replace an ageing railway bridge in the town.

An application has been submitted to Warrington Borough Council’s planning department in respect of the bridge that passes over Rolleston Street, near the town centre.

Plans have been drawn up to reconstruct the railway bridge with a new concrete deck and brick infill with box culvert.

Limited details have been revealed relating to the scheme at present by applicant Network Rail.

If given the go-ahead, this will not be the first time that one of Warrington’s railway bridges has been replaced in recent years.

In September 2021, impressive time-lapse video was released showing a major rail project in action in Warrington town centre.

The multi-angle footage showed the former Bewsey Street bridge being removed at Warrington Central station and driven through the town’s streets over the August bank holiday weekend.

Then its replacement is slowly manoeuvred into place on the back of a huge transporter vehicle.

The project was one of five major railway bridge overhauls by Network Rail in the town that year to improve passenger and freight journeys.

Others include the replacement of South Lane bridge in Penketh earlier that month, two bridge decks being replaced at Warrington Bank Quay station at Easter and the replacement of Foundry Street bridge, also replaced over the August bank holiday

All five bridge projects meant a total investment of £11.35million by the Great North Rail Project in Warrington in 2021.

Chris Pye, Network Rail’s infrastructure director for the north west, said: “I am hugely proud of the hundreds of planners and engineers who have worked tirelessly to improve Warrington’s railway for the future.

“This significant investment means more reliable journeys for passengers and freight across the north west for many decades to come.”