SJ8196 : Manchester Ship Canal, Trafford Road Swing Bridge

taken 4 years ago, near to Stretford, Trafford, Great Britain

Manchester Ship Canal, Trafford Road Swing Bridge
Manchester Ship Canal, Trafford Road Swing Bridge
The Trafford Road Swing Bridge, which was built by John Butler & Co in 1892, is the largest and by far the widest of the swing bridges constructed for the Manchester Ship Canal. The bridge lies between the main Manchester Docks and Pomona Docks and carries the A5063 road across the Ship canal. It was designed to carry road traffic over the canal but was able to swing to allow ships to pass into and out of Pomona Docks. The hydraulic operating station was located immediately adjacent on the north bank of the canal.

As the volume of traffic using the road over the bridge increased, Trafford Road Swing Bridge became inadequate for the traffic conditions in this very busy area. Following the closure of the docks there was no longer any need for the bridge to swing and consequently, in 1998 the Trafford Road Swing Bridge was refurbished and fixed in place as part of a scheme to widen the road crossing to a dual carriageway, with a new bridge built alongside it on the eastern side.

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The Manchester Ship Canal
The Manchester Ship Canal, which took six years to build and was opened in 1894, is a 36-mile-long inland waterway linking Manchester to the Irish Sea at Liverpool. It generally follows the original routes of the rivers Mersey and Irwell through the historic counties of Cheshire and Lancashire. Several sets of locks lift vessels about 60 feet up to the Manchester Docks (now Salford Quays), where the canal's terminus was built.

When the ship canal opened in January 1894 it was the largest river navigation canal in the world, and enabled the newly created Port of Manchester to become Britain's third busiest port despite the city being about 40 miles inland. Since its opening, the canal handled a wide range of ships and cargoes, from coastal vessels to intra-European shipping and inter-continental cargo liners; Manchester Liners established regular sailings by large ocean-going vessels.

The amount of freight carried by the canal peaked in 1958 at 18 million long tons but changes to shipping methods and the growth of containerisation during the 1970s and 1980s caused traffic to decline, resulting in the closure of the docks at Salford in 1984. Although able to accommodate a range of vessels from coastal ships to inter-continental cargo liners, the canal is no longer large enough for most modern vessels.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 20 January, 2015   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 21 January, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Suburb, Urban fringe  Canals  Docks, Harbours 
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Panasonic DMC-G3 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 812 965 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:27.9319N 2:17.0700W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 811 965
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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