Buxton Road Bridge replacement

We are carrying out essential work to secure the future of the High Peak’s railway link. 

What’s going on? 

Network Rail is investing £5.1m to replace a Grade II listed bridge which takes the railway over Buxton Road in Whaley Bridge, High Peak.  

The bridge, which was built in 1863, needs to be replaced to keep rail passengers and the Whaley Bridge community safe for years to come. 

Despite regular maintenance over the years, the bridge now needs to be significantly strengthened and undergo a major upgrade. 

Without the work taking place there’s a real risk a bridge bash by a high vehicle could stop trains above for many months, completely cutting off Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Dove Holes and Buxton from the railway network.  

Work to replace the bridge begins on 4 January and will be completed in April 2023. 

How will the work impact me? 

So engineers can replace the bridge safely, it is proposed that Buxton Road will need to be closed: 

  • From 16 January – 31 March 2023, the road will be fully closed to traffic. 
  • From 16 February – 5 March 2023, there will be no pedestrian access under the bridge.  

From 18 February – 28 February 2023, there will be no railway services between Hazel Grove and Buxton, passengers are advised to check National Rail before travelling. 

We are pleased to tell you that the length of the pedestrian diversion under the bridge on Buxton Road has been reduced by 12 days.

This means that the pedestrian route for school children will only be diverted for seven school days once half term and weekends are considered.

We will improve the temporary pedestrian diversion route through Whaley Bridge Memorial Park with lighting, barriers, and better paths.

Public transport changes 

We are working with Derbyshire County Council and local bus companies on diversionary routes for public transport. Please check with operators for information on specific services.


Frequently asked questions

Contact us

If you have any questions, please call 03457 114141 or visit our Contact us page. Our national helpline will direct your query to the project team who will respond to you as soon as possible.

We must use this helpline process to make sure we are looking after your data properly and we are able to keep an accurate record of communication with the local community.