£12M footbridge connecting Salford and Manchester opens below ‘iconic’ railway bridge

The “iconic” Ordsall Chord railway bridge to hyperlink three prepare stations in Manchester now has a £12M footbridge operating beneath it.

A pedestrian and cycle route between Salford and Manchester has opened beneath the railway bridge to interchange the previous Prince’s Road bridge over the River Irwell, which was demolished in 2015 to make manner for the foremost Ordsall Chord improve.

This improve, which was accomplished on the finish of 2017, noticed the world’s first asymmetrical railway bridge constructed to hyperlink Manchester’s three primary railway stations, Piccadilly, Victoria and Oxford Street. This was the primary time the three stations had been linked collectively, permitting for extra flexibility to run trains throughout the North. The Ordsall Chord improve was constructed by a Skanska-Bam Nuttall three way partnership.

The mission, a part of a multi-billion-pound Nice North Rail scheme, aimed to scale back congestion at Piccadilly and permit quicker and extra frequent trains to run throughout the North West, and direct companies between the North and Manchester Airport.

Community Rail principal growth supervisor Jill Stephenson stated: “It’s nice to see this footbridge lastly in use because it’s been ready within the wings because the completion of the Ordsall Chord railway bridge in 2017.

“It was all the time constructed with the longer term in thoughts, and it’s been unbelievable to see the realm redevelop on either side of the river lately.

“The footbridge can now play the function we all the time meant it to – connecting residents to their properties, workplaces, leisure and world class venues in each cities, instantly beneath the enduring Ordsall Chord above.”

Within the years following the improve, main building work on each aspect of the river has seen a number of residential developments and the creation of Manchester’s new world-class arts venue, Aviva Studios, the house of arts venue Manufacturing facility Worldwide.

Salford Metropolis mayor Paul Dennett, Manchester Metropolis Council chief Bev Craig and Stephenson formally opened the construction final week.

Dennett stated: “Each cities have a wealthy and distinct but intertwined cultural id. This work types a part of our sustainable transport plans for the entire metropolis and with this bridge we’re making a gateway to allow Salfordians entry to cultural experiences on provide at Manchester Worldwide Competition and Aviva Studios.

“Bridges have performed an enormous function in actually bringing our cities collectively and forging hyperlinks. Our two cities labored collectively to span the Irwell manner again in 1830 with the Stephenson Bridge.

“At present, this bridge is additional proof of our joint dedication to opening up the cities and to offering different, greener choices for crossing our well-known river border.”

Community Rail labored intently with town councils on either side of the river to panorama the areas across the bridge as a part of its wider sustainable journey plans for pedestrians and cyclists by Salford and Manchester.

Extra enhancements on the Salford aspect additionally consists of interpretation panels, to inform the story behind the River Irwell’s most well-known crossing, the Stephenson Bridge.

This bridge, a Grade I listed construction, was constructed by George Stephenson in 1830 and fashioned a part of the world’s first passenger railway line, carrying passengers between Liverpool and Manchester.

Craig stated: “The connections between our two nice cities are long-standing and complementary so having a brand new bodily hyperlink in our metropolis centre is a crucial second.

“Whereas the river Irwell is a seen as a geographical boundary it isn’t a barrier between the stream of individuals, commerce and concepts.

“It’s significantly welcome that this new bridge will join Aviva Studios, a world-class arts and social attraction and the brand new residence of Manufacturing facility Worldwide, and the brand new St Johns space with rising new districts on the Salford aspect of the Irwell.

“It’s a symbolic celebration of utilizing tradition as an financial and regeneration driver to ship mutual success in development of latest jobs, communities, and districts to learn our metropolis area.”

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