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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 22nd February, 2015)


Footbridge from King St over the railway line.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR)
Views: 3,888

Comment by: Ken R on 22nd February 2015 at 00:15

Thanks Mick for more memories. Walked that bridge scores of times, it never smelled very good at any time.

Comment by: Aubrey on 22nd February 2015 at 07:50

The photo does bring memories back, it is a long time since I walked over the bridge,but it never used to be in that state.

Comment by: Catherine on 22nd February 2015 at 08:01

Oh the iron bridge lost count of the number of times I have walked over that bridge with the steam trains passing underneath. Happy days.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 22nd February 2015 at 08:16

Ahhh...that brings back memories but I don't remember all that litter and certainly there was no graffiti back then.

Excellent photo, Mick.

Comment by: Pat on 22nd February 2015 at 08:22

Yes, I remember using this bridge, always felt happier when I reached the other side! Not ver pleasant!

Comment by: Helen on 22nd February 2015 at 08:39

Sign of the times. Obviously no street cleaning is done there...a railway bridge so whose responsibility is it, railway or council ?

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 22nd February 2015 at 08:49

Th'iron Bridge' - do you remember the cattle pens just below it for the transportation of livestock?

Comment by: A.W on 22nd February 2015 at 08:54

I still use this bridge fairly regularly, it's only half as long as it once was as part was removed when the N.W. station car park was made.

Comment by: Ken on 22nd February 2015 at 09:58

Council lost all their sweeping brushes I think

Comment by: Giovanni on 22nd February 2015 at 11:02

I dont think I've ever used this bridge! The litter and graffiti is awful. It wants a good clean-up and the graffiti painted out. Where are the Council inspectors who should highlight and action such things? I know sat in the warm offices scoffing do-nuts and drinking tea! Mama Mia.

Comment by: Giovanni on 22nd February 2015 at 11:07

Another good photo of Wigan's unpleasant part!
I feel a book compilation of PAD photos....The Good, Bad and Ugly!
Get cracking Mick.

Comment by: Geoff Gorner on 22nd February 2015 at 12:42

I didn't realise this was still standing. Used it many times in the 80's when I used to work on King Street and frequented Chaplin's,

Comment by: kath on 22nd February 2015 at 12:46

my mum and dad met here on a blind date. I have no idea when they chose to meet on a railway bridge

Comment by: Derek Callaghan on 22nd February 2015 at 13:14

Last time I walked over the iron bridge was 1970. The sides of the bridge were 'criss cross'as I remember and there was a goods sidings where the car park is now, As Fred says, no graffiti or litter just a lovely smell of steam trains but that was before August 1968. Regards to all on WW

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 22nd February 2015 at 13:15

See Tom Walsh`s 8th May 2012 Photo-
a-Day and read the comments.
As Bill Eatock says there`s a couple of photo`s of the old bridge (which this one partly replaced) on (4th item down):-

Comment by: Willy Wackum on 22nd February 2015 at 14:09

Those on unemployment benefit should be told to report to this location, and others that need tidying up,every Monday morning, given paint brushes and sweeping brushes and told that if they want their benefits then clean the place up.

Comment by: irene roberts on 22nd February 2015 at 15:05

I remember walking across here with my Mam when I was a little girl. There was always steam from the engines, and your coat felt damp with it when you got to the other side, but the smell of steam engines was wonderful!

Comment by: Jinksi on 22nd February 2015 at 15:30

Ken,Council & idiots who made this mess have all lost there Marbels the idiots the day they were born.

Comment by: Neil Cain on 22nd February 2015 at 16:45

My dad lost his 21st birthday watch running across the bridge to catch a train.
What an eyesore, rub their noses in the paint.

Comment by: Al on 22nd February 2015 at 19:05

Willy, do you have any idea what most of the people in this country who are on benefits are having to go through right now? - hell quite frankly. Alot of people on benefits are being sanctioned and are losing their benefits because they simply cannot work due to illness or other genuine reasons, or being forced into civic slave labour workforce schemes at Poundland and Tesco for their benefits, not only that but being made scapegoats and demonised in the media as scroungers and made out to look like they're the biggest cause of the problems. Whilst the thieving bankers get away with stealing trillions from us.

As for litter, yes it's a problem, but we're all guilty of throwing rubbish away anywhere we please, that's because we're too lazy to throw it in a bin (well if you can find a bin round town). Some graffiti can be very inspiring and artful to the eye, not all is vulgar words and paint scribbles.

Comment by: jj on 22nd February 2015 at 19:30

Good photo, but I find this image sad for two reasons. Firstly what an eyesore that graffiti is. Secondly, walking over the old bridge gave a great view of the lines underneath and over to NW station. What a pity bridges have to be "boxed in" these days to prevent idiots throwing thing over the side and so forth.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 22nd February 2015 at 20:08

Yes, Derek, they were criss cross railings and you could see through at the steam trains below. For some reason the smell was great to us youngsters.


Comment by: Mick on 22nd February 2015 at 21:56

I dont think this bridge as been boxed just to stop people throwing stuff at the trains, (If that was the case all the motorway footbridges would also be boxed in )
Its been done like that because it was the cheapest and easiest way to do it.

If the same bridge was in Henley on Thames it would have took down bit by bit and then cleaned up and put back as it was originally

Start to vote Tory like me and the same kind of thing might start happening up here in the north

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 22nd February 2015 at 22:28

Irene Roberts; It wasn`t this bridge that you walked across when you was a little girl. Read my 13:15 comment.

Comment by: Michael davies on 23rd February 2015 at 05:19

yes the Bankers have a lot to answer for,look what they done to the Greeces,put half the country out of work. They now started on the Australian got to balance the budget so lets close down the car industry and put more out of work, no funds for re training retraining for what no one nos,gov say there money for retraining ,but you just try getting some ,they a joke.

Comment by: Burtspieeater on 23rd February 2015 at 09:04

"As for litter, yes it's a problem, but we're all guilty of throwing rubbish away anywhere we please,"

Al. let me assure you I NEVER drop litter BUT I do pick up up sacks of litter on a weekly basis. Don't assume everybody else lives by your low standards

Comment by: A.W. on 23rd February 2015 at 09:40

Willy Wackum have you ever thought that every time a job gets done for nothing it does somebody out of a proper paid job?

Comment by: truewigana on 23rd February 2015 at 10:25

good pic mick, but once again your comments are rubbish, like voting tory here in wigan will sort out eyesores like this, really.

Comment by: Fred on 23rd February 2015 at 18:41

This election will be so interesting , I personally have no idea which way it will go. My gut feeling is a Tories and ukip coalitian.

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