SJ7758 : M6 crosses the Salt Line at Hassall Green

taken 1 year ago, near to Hassall Green, Cheshire, Great Britain

M6 crosses the Salt Line at Hassall Green
M6 crosses the Salt Line at Hassall Green
The Salt Line west of Lawton Heath (part of National Cycle Network Route 5) passes under the M6 here. The bridge is still officially called "Hassall Green rail bridge" by the highways Agency, although the rail line closed only a few years after the motorway was built.
M6 Motorway

The M6 motorway runs from junction 19 of the M1 at the Catthorpe Interchange, near Rugby to the Gretna junction (J45). Here it becomes the A74(M) which continues to Glasgow.
The M6 is the longest motorway in the United Kingdom (232 miles) and one of the busiest. It incorporates the first length of motorway opened in the UK (the Preston bypass in 1958) and forms part of a motorway "Backbone of Britain", running north-south between London and Glasgow via the industrial North of England. It is also part of the east-west route between the Midlands and the east coast ports.

The Salt Line trail and Borrowpit Meadows :: SJ7857

A section of the former North Staffordshire railway (Sandbach branch) between Rode Heath and Hassall Green, converted to leisure use as a cycleway, bridlepath and footpath, part of National Cycle Route 5. It was used as a freight railway until 1971, serving salt mines around Rode Heath as well as through freight, but had not seen passenger services since 1930.

Alongside the trail is Borrowpit Meadows, a former quarry now a 16ha nature reserve.

National Cycle Route 5

National Route 5 of the National Cycle Network is a long distance route which when complete will connect Reading and Holyhead via Oxford, Banbury, Stratford-upon-Avon, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Birmingham, Walsall, Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent, Chester, Colwyn Bay and Bangor. The southern half of the route between Reading and Walsall is open and signed whilst the northern half between Walsall and Holyhead is still under development.

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Monday, 30 December, 2019   (more nearby)
Thursday, 2 January, 2020
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 7765 5815 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:7.2031N 2:20.1243W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 7769 5813
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