Phase two of improvements to Union Street West footbridge to begin

OLDHAM COUNCIL is informing residents that further works to improve the Union Street West footbridge are set to begin.

OldhamCouncil_164_200This is the second phase of refurbishments being carried out to improve the structure’s look and hopefully encourage more pedestrians and cyclists to use it to access the town centre.

Following completion of phase 1 in autumn 2015, works are set to begin on October 3 and last for up to 10 weeks.

Key improvements include a high-grade stainless steel parapet, a new handrail with an LED down lighter, and the Oldham Crest on the outside of the parapet on both sides.

The bridge will also be cleaned and repainted and once everything is finished the structure will have a more ‘open’ feel to it.

During this construction phase the bridge will need to be closed to pedestrians and cyclists.

A signed diversion route for these users via Manchester Street roundabout will be in place for the duration of the works.

There will be lane closures at the start and end of the work so scaffolding can be taken up and down. Further traffic management measures may be needed at some stage.

Councillor Fida Hussain, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “Union Street West footbridge is popular with pedestrians and cyclists so it’s only right it should be brought up to standard.

“Over the years, due to its design, the bridge has proved expensive to maintain. By carrying out this work we’ll be reducing costs in the long run and providing value for money.

“We know there will be some disruption but we are doing all we can to keep it to a minimum like we did during the first phase of work.”


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