Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has welcomed the completion of the emergency engineering works at Reddish Vale Country Park, which have been carried out by Network Rail.
The Viaduct (known locally as the 16 Arches) sits at the point where Denton becomes Reddish, and is a critical piece of transport infrastructure. Due the progressive erosion of the riverbank, one of the viaduct pillars was identified by Network Rail as at threat of collapse.
Following Storm Eunice, a programme to reprofile the riverbank with new rocks (transported from Shap) was carried out. The large infrastructure project has cost £2.6 million.
Post and rail fencing has now been erected to the top of the river bank, and Brinnington Beach has been re-introduced. The area was dressed with top soil and hydroseeded with wildflower mix to further enhance biodiversity at the site.
Network Rail have also agreed to fund and carry out extensive resurfacing works along Reddish Vale Road. This work will take place between 7am and 5:30pm on Thursday the 16th and Friday the 17th of June. This resurfacing work will significantly improve Reddish Vale Road, tackle potholes on the route, and install speed bumps.
Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:
“I’m grateful to Network Rail for keeping us in the loop with this engineering work, and for completing the emergency works on the main site. I’m also very much looking forward to the wildflowers which will add even more colour to our beautiful Reddish Vale.
I’m also very pleased that Network Rail have agreed to carry out improvements on Reddish Vale road. This is something that myself and Reddish South Cllr Janet Mobbs have been urging Network Rail to do, and will come as welcome news to many residents.”