Residents and motorists in Lancashire are being informed about upcoming work to refurbish Highbury Road bridge in Lytham St Annes as part of Network Rail’s Great North Rail Project.

The essential renewal work to the railway bridge on Highbury Road will include the temporary diversion of utility pipes and cables over the bridge, the removal and replacement of the bridge deck, and then the reinstatement of utilities before the road is resurfaced.

The road will be closed to all traffic from 7am on Monday 7 January and will reopen on Friday 10 May 2019.

A road diversion will be in operation throughout the work and will be clearly signposted. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will remain open throughout the project's duration.

Kathryn Berry, scheme project manager for Network Rail said: “This essential refurbishment forms part of our Great North Rail Project and will ensure that Highbury Road Bridge will remain safe and viable for years to come.

“We are working closely with Fylde Borough Council and other partners to ensure disruption to the local community is kept to a minimum and this renewal work is completed in as short a time-frame as possible.

“We would like to thank residents and road users for their patience while we complete this essential work.”

Work to replace the bridge will take place during a combination of day and night time shifts. Network Rail will continue to keep local people informed about the works.