SJ8297 : Old and New Bridges over the Irwell

taken 3 years ago, near to Rusholme, Manchester, Great Britain

Old and New Bridges over the Irwell
Old and New Bridges over the Irwell
The twin-arched railway bridge in the foreground was built by Manchester South Junction & Altrincham Railway Company in 1849 and links with the viaduct which takes trains to Deansgate and Piccadilly stations. It is a Grade II listed building (Historic England List Entry Number: 1254726 LinkExternal link Historic England).

Behind the bridge, work can be seen to be progressing on the Ordsall Chord (aka "Castlefield Curve") with the giant arch of the new bridge being lifted into place by cranes.
The Ordsall Chord
The Ordsall Chord (also known as the Ordsall Lane Chord, Ordsall Curve or Castlefield Curve) is a short stretch of railway line currently (2016/17) under construction in the Ordsall area of Salford. It will link the mainline railway stations at Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria.

First proposed in the 1970s (as the "Castlefield Curve"), parliamentary powers for construction of the link were received in 1979 but the project was cancelled. The proposal was revived in 2010 as part of Network Railís Manchester Northern Hub proposal. It is scheduled to be completed by December 2017, and will cost around £85 million to construct.
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SJ8297, 385 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 22 February, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 26 February, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  City, Town centre  Railways  Construction, Development 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DMC-G7 
River (from Tags)
River Irwell 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 828 979 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.6633N 2:15.6194W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 827 978
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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