SJ8446 : Newcastle-under-Lyme: cycleway underpass under the A34

taken 3 years ago, near to Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Newcastle-under-Lyme: cycleway underpass under the A34
Newcastle-under-Lyme: cycleway underpass under the A34
This is the route of the long-gone Newcastle-Market Drayton railway line.
The National Cycle Network
The National Cycle Network is a network of cycle routes. It was created by the charity Sustrans LinkExternal link (Sustainable Transport), aided by a National Lottery grant.

Many routes aim to minimise contact with motor traffic, though 70% of them are on roads. In some cases the NCN uses pedestrian routes, disused railways, minor roads, canal towpaths, or traffic-calmed routes in towns and cities.
National Cycle Route 551
National Cycle Route 551 is entirely contained within the borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. It runs between the western extremity of Silverdale eastwards through Newcastle, terminating on the A52 east of the town centre. For the whole of its length the route runs along the former trackbed of the Newcastle-Market Drayton railway line.
A34 Trunk Road
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 )
A34 Road
The A34 is a 200 mile long major trunk road that runs from Salford to Winchester via The Potteries, Birmingham and Oxford. It is divided into two sections LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Sunday, 20 November, 2016   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 20 November, 2016
Geographical Context
Paths  City, Town centre 
Place (from Tags)
Newcastle-Under-Lyme 
Primary Subject of Photo
Underpass 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8463 4669 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:1.0372N 2:13.8336W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 84617 46706
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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