M62 temporary road closure – 31 July – 3 August

Published on: Thursday, 30-July-2015

The Greystone footbridge across the M62 in Huyton was demolished over a weekend in August in preparation for a new bridge to follow shortly.

Known locally as the ‘sausage bridge’, it linked communities on both sides of the motorway for generations. The concrete bridge has been repaired many times over the years, but reached a point where it needed replacing.

It took 19 workers 12 hours to demolish the footbridge and a further 32 hours to remove the 100 tonnes of steel and 1,100 tonnes of rubble. The rubble will be recycled and reused in construction projects across the North West.

Cllr Mike Murphy, Knowsley’s Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said: “I am pleased to say that the demolition work all went to plan. The footbridge was safely and successfully demolished and the motorway was cleared and reopened in the allocated time.

“I’d like to thank everyone who worked on this over the weekend and also thank local residents and motorists for their understanding and patience while the work was carried out.”

Work will now continue to create 18 metre foundations in the central reservation of the motorway to support the new footbridge that will be installed in October.

The new, modern bridge will be 3 metres wide to provide a safe crossing for pedestrians and cyclists. It will be illuminated in the evenings and the central prism will provide an impressive gateway into Knowsley and the city region.

You can watch a short timelapse video of the demolition here.