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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 21st March, 2021)

Adam Viaduct (1946)

Adam Viaduct (1946)
The River Douglas running alongside Southgate; the road was officially opened 18th March 2013.

Photo: Joanne  (iPhone)
Views: 2,394

Comment by: Joanne on 21st March 2021 at 00:17

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

Comment by: Cyril on 21st March 2021 at 00:42

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.

Comment by: Mick on 21st March 2021 at 07:03

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.

Comment by: PeterP on 21st March 2021 at 08:18

Nature and concrete blending together

Comment by: Jack Mellor. on 21st March 2021 at 08:53

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.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 21st March 2021 at 08:54

Very interesting photo, Joanne. Nicely composed.

Comment by: Garry on 21st March 2021 at 09:52

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.

Comment by: Wiganer on 21st March 2021 at 10:11

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.

Comment by: Arthur on 21st March 2021 at 10:12

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.

Comment by: Joanne on 21st March 2021 at 10:15

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.

Comment by: Edna on 21st March 2021 at 10:54

Lovely clear photo, I love the blue sky.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 21st March 2021 at 11:08

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.

Comment by: Arthur on 21st March 2021 at 11:35

Irene it's the Wallgate to Pemberton railway line bridge at the Saddle.

Comment by: Tommy T on 21st March 2021 at 11:36

You can't get much more Wigan than the Duggy!
Nice one Joanne.

Comment by: Veronica on 21st March 2021 at 11:36

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.

Comment by: Mortarmillbill on 21st March 2021 at 11:42

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.

Comment by: Al on 21st March 2021 at 12:02

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.

Comment by: Mick on 21st March 2021 at 12:04

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.

Comment by: Alan on 21st March 2021 at 12:05

Thing is if you don't drive then most people haven't a clue where it it!

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 21st March 2021 at 12:38

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.

Comment by: DeekB on 21st March 2021 at 12:38

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.

Comment by: Veronica on 21st March 2021 at 13:19

Hide behind the sofa Irene...

Comment by: Anne on 21st March 2021 at 13:29

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.

Comment by: Ray on 21st March 2021 at 13:41

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.

Comment by: Alan on 21st March 2021 at 13:46

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.

Comment by: Harry on 21st March 2021 at 13:54

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.

Comment by: Mick on 21st March 2021 at 16:30

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.

Comment by: Cyril on 21st March 2021 at 16:59

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.

Comment by: Rainh on 21st March 2021 at 19:57

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.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 21st March 2021 at 21:55

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.

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