Good photo Ron. The bridge seems to be much flatter than it used to be. Are there any photos of renovations to the bridge and when.
Comment by Mick on 15th August 2017 at 06:35
Theres a good tow path now for bike riders from Top Lock to the Haigh Hall side of New Springs bridge
Comment by Harry C. on 15th August 2017 at 08:09
Well spotted Ron. H.
Comment by Veronica on 15th August 2017 at 08:09
One of these days I'll get off the bus and go for a walk -it always looks so beautiful.
Comment by Gary Leece on 15th August 2017 at 08:12
Ken - the bridge had a bit of a hump and the road had a kink. Modified in the very early sixties.
The view now is very rural. Then it was a bit unkempt.
Comment by Mick on 15th August 2017 at 09:06
Having said theres a good tow path now for bike riders, you still have to watch out for the odd broken bottle under the bridge
But not anywhere near as you do if you are going under the old bridges in the Ince and Whelley areas.
Comment by Alan H on 15th August 2017 at 09:30
I seem to remember a low loader getting stuck on the bridge about 1960.
Comment by Carolaen on 15th August 2017 at 09:57
In the late 1950s early 60s I used to go across this bridge nearly every day on the in the school holidays to visit my Grandparents house in Aspull. One day we were diverted round New Springs because lowloader lorry had literally got stuck on the hump of the bridge. I think it was this that led to the bridge being altered.
Comment by John D on 15th August 2017 at 11:09
That would have been some diversion.The only alternatives would have been via Boar's Head and Red Rock or Hindley.
Comment by Alan on 15th August 2017 at 16:38
Comment by Dave on 15th August 2017 at 17:08
Maybe this a case of a passsger caught short and the bus is waiting for him? This is the chap coming back. I mean if the bus suddenly broke down here , who would complain? I would just get out the flask .
Lovely shot Ron
Comment by Ken R on 15th August 2017 at 17:24
Thanks Gary. Yes I now remember the bridge when the low-loader got stuck, we walked down to it and it was a mess traffic backed up for miles in both directions.
Comment by Elizabeth on 16th August 2017 at 07:21
Yes Veronica, there are some lovely walks around here. One of my favourites is from Hall Lane,Hindley over the golf course to Withington Lane and Top Lock then up Higher Lane to the walled gardens at Haigh Hall and back.
Comment by Alan on 16th August 2017 at 08:54
Elizabeth you need to get out more.
Comment by Veronica on 16th August 2017 at 10:08
I would say she is getting out more Alan! All that healthy exercise and fresh air!!!!!
I might bump into you Elizabeth one of these days soon. I think I'm missing out.
Comment by Elizabeth on 16th August 2017 at 18:46
Alan, have you taken over from Mick???? I assure you I am always out and appreciate fresh air and lovely scenery. Unlike yourself who seems to enjoy nit-picking at everything and everybody.
Comment by Elizabeth on 16th August 2017 at 18:52
Thanks Veronica,you are right,I do get loads of fresh air and exercise. We may well bump into each other soon.
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