Press release

Stylish design announced for new covered footbridge over M602

A popular pedestrian bridge over the M602 is to get a new canopy.

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A popular pedestrian bridge over the M602 serving commities and businesses in Eccles is to get a new canopy. The new design, chosen following public consultation in 2015, is a steel mesh dome.

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In partnership with Salford Council, Highways England is replacing the previous structure which is 40 years old, and was becoming very difficult to repair to a good standard. Work will begin in later in the Summer, and follows a consultation with local people in 2015 to choose a design.

Project manager Mark Mosley said:

The route is very important as it serves the station and the town, but the bridge canopy is looking very ragged these days and becoming more difficult to repair. Everyone agrees that a smart new bridge will provide a much improved welcome to Eccles from the station.

Though we won’t be starting work until later in the summer, we’re doing everything we can as early as possible to inform people about the scheme, and to minimise the disruption it may cause.

Work is likely to last 12 weeks, and the bridge needs to be closed throughout, with a diversion in place on the shortest well-lit walking route via Church Street, John William Street, Albert Street and Wellington Road.

Councillor Roger Jones, lead member for transport, Salford City Council, said:

This local landmark is in need of a facelift after 40 years and unfortunately this can’t be done with it open. I’m delighted that Highways England has worked with local people on the new design for the canopy and I look forward to seeing it in place.

Further information will be provided closer to the start date to help residents and businesses plan for the time when the important pedestrian link is closed.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 12 July 2016