Kay Street bridge in Summerseat - widening and resurfacing scheme

Scheme update: January 2020

Works to demolish remnants of the public house below the water (as required for the bridge construction works) started on 28 May as planned. These works uncovered significant damage to the ground beneath as a consequence of the collapse of the Waterside not identified in the initial ground investigations, which impinged on the founding material for the bridge widening. The extent of this damage was not evident until demolition commenced.

Exploratory investigations identified a deep scour pocket that extends partly under the existing bridge pier, which has led to a redesign of the foundations to the proposed river pier widening, also, the new design had to be expanded to include works to underpin the existing pier given the location and extent of the scour found.

Further high water levels within the River Irwell, along with Environment Agency restrictions on working in the watercourse during the fish breeding season, have prevented works from taking place on anything but a piecemeal basis which severely hampered progress. Consequently, the decision has been taken to suspend the works until we are given permission to re-enter the river and we have the prospect of reasonable water levels and dry weather conditions.

The first available date for full access to the river is June 2020 but we will continue to liaise closely with the Environment Agency to see if there is any flexibility with this date. 

Updated programme of works

The above has delayed the works to the extent that we are now looking at completion of the scheme in late summer/early autumn 2020. Every effort will be made to finish the works at the earliest opportunity.

Free bus service

The free service will continue until the bridge is reopened to the public. See the end of this page for the timetable.


About the scheme

We are widening and resurfacing the Kay Street bridge in Summerseat.

For safety reasons, the bridge has been closed to vehicles since December 2015 following damage caused during Storm Eva.

The works will allow the bridge to be reopened to vehicles and pedestrians.

Planned start and finish date of the scheme

  • Start date - 28 May 2019.
  • Proposed completion date - late summer/early autumn 2020.

Details of the scheme

  • The existing pier in the river will be repaired and extended with protection works being carried out to other parts of the bridge.
  • The abutments (bridge end supports) will be widened on the upstream side to create room for a pedestrian walkway.
  • New arch sections will be added to widen the upstream elevation of the bridge and finished to match the existing appearance of the bridge.
  • The bridge and the approaches to the bridge will be resurfaced.

Unfortunately, when undertaking a scheme of this nature, some disruption is unavoidable; we will try to reduce this disruption as much as possible.

Plan of the scheme

pdf icon Plan of the widening and resurfacing works on Kay Street Bridge in Summerseat [524kb]

Closure of the bridge to pedestrians and free bus service

During the works the bridge will be closed to pedestrians and vehicles.

We understand that closing the bridge will cause problems for pedestrians commuting from one side of the river to the other particularly pupils attending local schools. To help resolve this, we are providing a free bus service running from 7.30am to 5.10pm, Monday to Friday between Ruby Street and Crag Lane.


978 bus service, Monday to Friday
Ruby StreetCrag Lane
(opposite the bus stop)
Ruby Street
7.30am7.36am7.40am
7.45am7.51am7.55am
8am8.06am8.10am
8.15am8.21am8.25am
8.30am8.36am8.40am
8.45am8.51am8.55am
9am9.06am9.10am
9.30am9.36am9.40am
10am10.06am10.10am
10.30am10.36am10.40am
11am11.06am11.10am
11.30am11.36am11.40am
12pm12.06pm12.10pm
12.30pm12.36pm12.40pm
1pm1.06pm1.10pm
1.30pm1.36pm1.40pm
2pm2.06pm2.10pm
2.30pm2.36pm2.40pm
2.45pm2.51pm2.55pm
3pm3.06pm3.10pm
3.15pm3.21pm3.25pm
3.30pm3.36pm3.40pm
3.45pm3.51pm3.55pm
4pm4.06pm4.10pm
4.15pm4.21pm4.25pm
4.30pm4.36pm4.40pm
4.45pm4.51pm4.55pm
5pm5.06pm5.10pm

Your questions answered

Who is going to control the works?

Both the design and construction of the works are being co-ordinated by Bury Council. Our Engineering Services will be responsible for the supervision of the works throughout the duration of the contract.

What about noise from the works?

For short periods of time, some operations will create a significant amount of noise. General construction noise can be expected due to the nature of the works, however, we will try to keep this noise to a minimum. There is a telephone number and an email address below if you feel you need to contact us.

What about access for emergency vehicles?

Emergency services will be unaffected by the works as the bridge is already closed to vehicles. However, they will be notified in advance of the works starting and will be made aware the bridge will be closed to pedestrians during the works.

Who do I contact for any enquiries?

If you experience any issues during the construction works then please contact us.

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm: Phone Customer Contact Team on 0161 253 5353.

Email: engcon@bury.gov.uk.

In an emergency out of the above hours on: 0161 253 6606.

Important information

  • The Contractor(s) employed by the Local Authority have a duty to keep the works safe for the benefit of all users of the public highway. If you see anyone tampering with or removing any signs or barriers, particularly overnight, please ring the Emergency number above. You could help prevent an accident.
  • There have been on occasion criminals posing as workmen or utility company representatives approaching householders adjacent to highway works using the works as an excuse to gain access to the property for criminal activity. Genuine representatives of utility companies should be able to produce identification and if in any doubt do not allow access and telephone the police.