Photo-a-Day (Sunday, 21st March, 2021)
Adam Viaduct (1946)
Photo: Joanne (iPhone)
The Adam Viaduct is Grade II listed and ‘internationally understood to be the earliest pre-stressed railway bridge in England. Only examples in Switzerland are considered to be earlier.’ More details here: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1061327
You wouldn't think so, but the Adam Viaduct is a Grade 2 listed concrete bridge, being the earliest pre-stressed concrete railway bridge in the United Kingdom. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Viaduct#:~:text=The%20Adam%20Viaduct%20is%20a,examples%20in%20Switzerland%20being%20earlier.
Joanne you look like you have taken it from high up or maybe you are very tall.
Did you know the bridge on the photo is world famous.
Nature and concrete blending together
Great photo Joanne, I've been sort of waiting for this photo.
Why can't stupid drivers stay in lanes instead of approaching the bridge and indicating to change lanes, this holds up traffic and
subsequently slows the journey time down.
It's like wacky racing on this road.
Very interesting photo, Joanne. Nicely composed.
You have to applaud Wigan Council for making full use of Adam Bridge, the road has make a big difference to traffic flow around that area.
Good photo Joanne.
I can't believe there's no traffic about. I think the bridge is a engineering great and much used by the railways, and since 2013 by road underneath it. Why as it taken so long for the road to be built, because the Saddle has always been a bottle neck.
The bridge is very much used by the railway, but what was it design for with having four bridges in other words its a viaduct. One has always be used for the river Douglas and more recently the road.
Mick, I did wonder about the perspective myself. I can’t remember if I held my phone up quite high & what the camera angle was.
Lovely clear photo, I love the blue sky.
I can't place this spot....I'm not familiar with this area of Wigan and can't think where "Southgate" is but the photo reminds me of art classes at school where we had roads and rooftops going off into the distance and had to get the perspective right with lamp-posts getting smaller and smaller.
Irene it's the Wallgate to Pemberton railway line bridge at the Saddle.
You can't get much more Wigan than the Duggy!
Nice one Joanne.
There's only the river I recognise, I don't know of any 'new' roads added on to the already existing traffic system which made me nervous when first taking driving lessons. I don't drive nowadays and I would still be nervous if I did, even passing my test in Wigan.
Irene, as you go under the bridge you have 4 options - A49 Warrington Road, A571 Billinge Road, A577 Ormskirk Road and then near the new Fire/Ambulance Station towards Robin Park or Asda.
Jack Mellor is absolutely right about wacky races. Drivers try and jump the queue and know the road because I suspect they come from Wigan.
Ee bah gum Irene, your not lost again.
You should write to that newspaper you read and ask them to start asking them to printing maps of Wigan in every edition.
Today the plan is for me to be peddling close to your area.
Thing is if you don't drive then most people haven't a clue where it it!
Thankyou everyone for your explanations of where this is....you are all Stars! ...Alan is right when he says people who don't drive tend not to know where places are. Mick, it doesn't take much for me to get lost!! I hope you have a pleasant bike-ride. It's a perfect day.
Couldn't agree more about wacky races, not only here but all around Wigan, and especially taxi drivers, whom seem to be under the impression that the Highway Code doesn't apply to them.
Hide behind the sofa Irene...
There's always google to find your whereabouts. I use it almost everyday to pinpoint the photographers position. No problem with this one though, know it well. Nicely done jo anne.
When I enter Pottery Road, I join the lane that I need to be in, depending
on where I am going...Forward thinking. Regarding some of the comments
above, I can understand that some folk are not aware of Southgate. Quite
a lot of lovely pictures on here are from the eastern side of Wigan, but I
dont recognise all of them because its not an area I pass through often.
Some Taxi driver's need checking out , I've seen many going down one way streets to take short cuts. I don't think they know what indicating means.
Toyota taxi drivers are the worst culprits, I think you'll know who they are. No driving skills.
On this particular road I got cut up by one who changed lanes at the last minute and yes no indication.
Irene it was a very pleasant ride until I came across a crashed quad motorbike on plank lane bridge, the bridge was closed and it was still closed when I was coming back from Leigh.
Harry remember their advertising slogan. 'Toyota. The Car In Front.' Maybe those taxi drivers are taking it too literally.
I do sympathise with you though, and motorists should stay in the destination lane of where they are heading, and not weave over just to queue jump.
Thankfully I no longer drive so can watch the roads from a safe position (if you can avoid cyclists on the pavement). Some drivers seem so angry and stressed they are literally hanging on the car horn, ready to sound off for even the slightest delay or error.
Others speed off from the lights as if it's Formula 1 . I saw an argument last week between and women motorist and a male cyclist, who was claiming that she nearly knocked him off his bike, before casually driving off. Both were claiming innocence as they went at it hell for leather. I think the best thing you can do these days if you make a driving error is smile and apologise, hopefully, then they won't come over and beat you up.
Those who have drove all their lives for a living, must have found a meditative state which Buddhists practice.
Anne, I do use Google a lot but I like it when we all inter-act on here to help each other with queries. Ike, (the fox-fur), is itching for the forties events to start up again....he is always so much admired and is missing the limelight! Veronica, I have just come out of hiding, (only joking!), and Mick, I hope the hold-up didn't spoil your ride too much. Goodnight everyone.