Network Rail finally begin work to drain flooded railway bridge

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Work has started to drain a huge flood that put a busy village road under ten feet of water since the Boxing Day storms.

The road at the West Coast Main Line rail bridge on Euxton Lane, Euxton, is still closed, causing traffic chaos and lengthy diverted journeys.

DELUGED: The flood-hit road at the bridge

DELUGED: The flood-hit road at the bridge

A Network Rail water pump installed at the bridge failed.

Now questions are being asked as to why the situation was not handled better by those involved.

Mark Perks, Lancashire county councillor for the area, said: “From Boxing Day no-one from the county council has contacted me despite the fact that I’ve reported it umpteen times. There should have been somebody there who could get the agencies or bodies together and say, this is our problem, get this sorted – especially when schools were going back on Monday.”

A Lancashire County Council spokesman said: “To prevent Euxton Lane from flooding after significant rainfall, and allow us to keep the road open, Network Rail installed a pump under the railway bridge in 2011 which automatically pumps water away whenever it rains.

The pump stopped functioning during the storm on Boxing Day and we have put a diversion in place to redirect traffic until the pump is fixed.

Lancashire County Council spokesman

“The pump stopped functioning during the storm on Boxing Day and we have put a diversion in place to redirect traffic until the pump is fixed.”

The county council met Network Rail on site on Tuesday morning. A temporary pump was put in place to take away the water, allowing repairs to the broken pump.

The spokesman added: “This should allow us to reopen Euxton Lane by the end of the week, but this may take longer if we get a lot more rain in the meantime.”

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