SJ8497 : Oxford Street

taken 3 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

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Oxford Street
Oxford Street

The A34 out of Manchester from the corner of Whitworth Street West.

On the left is the grade II listed LinkExternal link former Refuge Assurance Building built by Alfred Waterhouse in 1891. The insurance company moved out in 1987 and the building lay empty until 1996 when it was converted into the Palace Hotel until being rebranded in 2016 as Principal Manchester. LinkExternal link

The bridge just beyond carries the railway line from Piccadilly to Oxford Road Station. This is the point where Oxford Street becomes Oxford Road.
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 )

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Date Taken
Saturday, 26 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 20 January, 2018
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  Roads, Road transport 
Road (from Tags)
A34 
Date (from Tags)
1891  1987  2016 
Architect (from Tags)
Alfred Waterhouse 
Former (from Tags)
Insurance Office 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 841 975 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.4554N 2:14.4520W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 840 975
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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Grade II Listed  Hotel  Railway Bridge 

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