SJ8479 : Railway Crossing the Wilmslow Handforth Bypass

taken 3 years ago, near to Wilmslow, Cheshire, Great Britain

Railway Crossing the Wilmslow Handforth Bypass
Railway Crossing the Wilmslow Handforth Bypass
The A34 is a major road which runs from the A33 and M3 at Winchester in Hampshire, to the A6 & A6042 in Salford, Greater Manchester. It forms a large part of the major trunk route from Southampton, via Oxford, to Birmingham, The Potteries and Manchester.

The road is in two sections. The northern section runs south through Manchester and Cheadle, and bypasses Handforth, Wilmslow and Alderley Edge, before passing through Congleton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, and the southern suburbs of Stoke-on-Trent. It then continues south via Stone, Stafford, Cannock and Walsall, passes through the middle of Birmingham (where it briefly merges with the A41), before meeting the M42 motorway at junction 4 south of Solihull.

The southern section begins some 50 miles (80 km) to the south, at junction 9 of the M40 motorway, 10 miles (16 km) north of Oxford. It continues south as the western part of the Oxford Ring Road, crossing the River Thames on the A34 Road Bridge. It then bypasses Abingdon, Didcot, and Newbury before finally finishing just east of Winchester, at junction 9 of the M3 motorway. This part of the A34 is dual carriageway throughout.

Together with parts of the M3 and the M40, the southern section of the A34 forms an important route carrying freight from Southampton to the Midlands. Because of the volume of traffic, bypasses were built along this route; at Newbury on the A34, and at Twyford Down near Winchester on the M3, but these were controversial for environmental reasons and were the scene of significant direct action environmental protests in the 1990s. Instead of cutting a short road tunnel through Twyford Down, the entire escarpment was carved-out and the motorway placed through it.

(abridged from Wikipedia LinkExternal link )

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Date Taken
Thursday, 17 July, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 31 August, 2014
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe  Railways 
Camera (from Tags)
Nikon P100 
Road (from Tags)
A34 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8469 7968 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:18.8298N 2:13.8754W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8475 7972
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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