HORWICH’s iconic Loco Works will throw open its doors for a final time in the New Year allowing residents to see its historic Erecting Shop before it is demolished.

The site will make way for a £12m road which will connect Horwich town centre and Chorley New Road to Middlebrook Retail Park, Horwich railway station, and the M61 via the new Rivington Chase housing development.

The development, funded by Homes England, is being undertaken by Bluemantle, a North West-based property development group.

But in order to make sure residents get the opportunity to visit the building before it is demolished, the firm will now be arranging visits for small groups to view the historic train yard.

“We understand the proud industrial heritage of the site and the special place the Loco Works has in the hearts of local people,” said a spokesperson. “We recently facilitated a primary school visit to the site, and have been asking the local community for their ideas to commemorate the history of the Loco Works.

“Due to the condition of the building we have begun a selective phased demolition, but we are happy to help facilitate visits for local residents to give them the opportunity to view the Erecting and Repair Shop at the earliest opportunity.”

Anyone interested in visiting the site is asked to call 0161 302 0670 at least 24 hours in advance. Visits can take place between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. Please note that the Loco Works are a live site and the building has uneven surfaces, but organisers will do their best to accommodate anyone with mobility issues.