SE3430 : M1 Aire Valley Viaduct

taken 3 years ago, near to Rothwell, Leeds, Great Britain

M1 Aire Valley Viaduct
M1 Aire Valley Viaduct
A motorway link between the northern end of the M1 and the A1 had been considered since 1968 but was not constructed until 1996-1999. The Aire Valley Viaduct carries the M1 over the River Aire and the Aire and Calder Navigation, seen here crossing the navigation. It was the largest structure of the project at 250 metres long. Technical details can be found on the CBRD website at LinkExternal link
M1 Motorway
The M1 is a north–south motorway connecting London to Leeds, where it joins the A1(M) near Aberford. It was the first motorway to be completed in the United Kingdom.
The motorway is 193 miles long and was constructed in four phases. Most of the motorway was opened between 1959 and 1968 but the southern end was extended in 1977 and the northern end was extended in 1999.
Aire and Calder Navigation
The Aire and Calder Navigation consists of a number of discrete sections of canalised river, which enable boats of a reasonable size to reach Leeds. The original intention was to give Leeds a proper ship canal like Manchester's but that never happened.

The extant sections are 7.6km parallel to the river Aire between Knowsthorpe (Knostrop) and just below Woodlesford, 1.1km downstream of the confluence of the Aire and Calder at Castleford, and the longest section, c.30 km from Ferrybridge down to Goole Docks where it joins the Ouse downstream of its confluence with the Aire.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 7 December, 2016   (more nearby)
Sunday, 11 February, 2018
Geographical Context
Roads, Road transport  Canals 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 3417 3003 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:45.9303N 1:28.9870W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 3410 3004
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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