26th August 2014

Flying Arches have been returned

Chorley FM HQ


Chorley’s historic Flying Arches have been returned to the railway after being saved from demolition.

The grade II-listed arches – thought to be one of only two surviving examples of their type in England – were at risk of being lost forever to enable a £400m project to electrify the railway line.

Built in 1843 on the Bolton and Preston railway, the 16 Victorian “strainer” arches were braced in a railway cutting.

But a collaboration between English Heritage and Network Rail has seen the Flying Arches given a new lease of life.

They were removed in 2008 and put in secure storage, before being temporarily replaced with steel versions.

Now work is nearing completion to reinstate the original arches in a slightly higher position to allow the installation of electrification equipment through the tunnel.

John Johnson, project manager at Network Rail, said: “This project is part of a £1bn+ investment to provide a better railway and boost the economy across the north of England.