A view from Eckersley Mill at Southgate, the new road heading to Saddle Junction.
Comment by Lizzie down under on 29th April 2013 at 00:25
Nice view James.......I presume this new road helps with traffic flow......cheers!!!
Comment by JMWigan on 29th April 2013 at 07:56
This road has helped so much you would not believe.
Never been sat in a jam since its opening.
Can just see the roof of the fire station on the left above the trees.
Sooner that building is replaced the nicer the sky line will look ;)
Comment by Colin Harlow on 29th April 2013 at 08:47
It's as though the railway bridge was made for this new road. Good planing from the highways department...for a change.
Comment by Rev David Long on 29th April 2013 at 09:24
The first time I walked through there after moving to Wigan in 1996 I wondered why those arches had been built into the structure - and why a way of using them to relieve the queues on Pottery Road hadn't been found already.
Comment by Brunell on 29th April 2013 at 17:48
If the columns hadn't been there, the bridge would have fallen down. Sod all to do with planning.
Comment by mac on 29th April 2013 at 18:12
Smashing view, it's made a huge difference. Best road the council have ever done.
Comment by Neil Rigby on 29th April 2013 at 20:57
The reason for the bridge with pillars forming arches, rather than simply continuing the railway embankments to the river (and over the river) is to allow the river to flood without eroding the bases of the embankments and to minimise river water levels upstream of any restriction to the river when in flood.
Comment by Colin Harlow on 3rd May 2013 at 16:16
Can I educate you Brunell, there are many railway bridges without columns, ie a steel girder bridge that can span from one embankment to the other. Concrete bridges with a large span must have columns for support like this one has. I really don't understand your point about planning??? The point I made was good planning from the council to make a road under the railway bridge without any modifications to it...and it's a success, not too many traffic jams.
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