In response to an approach by the Cheshire East Local Access Forum, Highways England indicated that feasibility works were planned in 2017/18, with design for a replacement bridge planned for 2018/19 and construction in 2019/20, subject to funding constraints.
Highways England have appointed consultants to prepare an options report. Meetings have been held to inform the consultants of the PROW requirements of the proposed structure. The alignment of the PROW falls within the safeguarded land for HS2 Phase 2b so a new bridge could not be constructed on the definitive route.
Therefore options being assessed include:
a) Siting the bridge further north
b) Siting the bridge further south
c) Constructing a combined RB/HS2 bridge.
HS2 Phase 2b proposals in the draft Hybrid Bill do not include this bridge. HS2 Ltd. are to provide this position statement to CEC and Highways England.