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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 5th April, 2021)

New Footbridge


New Footbridge
New footbridge over the M6 and M58 link road, Orrell.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
Views: 1,692

Comment by: Mick on 5th April 2021 at 06:32

Its a great bridge, with ramps so you don't need to get off your bike.

Comment by: A.W. on 5th April 2021 at 08:25

Thanks for this Mick, I was wondering if the bridge had been replaced, might have a walk that way sometime this week.

Comment by: DTease on 5th April 2021 at 08:48

Homeric!

Comment by: good old days on 5th April 2021 at 08:48

great to have a new bridge being from the pemberton area but does anyone no why it took years to be replaced

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 5th April 2021 at 09:27

I'm not familiar with the area but it looks nice. The rich green and gold colours look classy. Looks like a good solid job with good workmanship.

Comment by: Garry on 5th April 2021 at 09:32

Yes the bridge was damaged by an overturned HGV in 2017, why it's taken so long to be replaced could be down to who pays for it.
At a guess you would think the HGVs insurance, but who knows.
After saying that, it looks great.

Comment by: Mick on 5th April 2021 at 09:40

good old days, insurance companies are slow to pay out, then it would have to be designed and approved, then it would have to be built, then they would have to apply for for the road to be closed, then it would have to be installed and inspected.

Comment by: Garry on 5th April 2021 at 11:08

Mick is absolutely right, bridge construction like this has to be made, fabricated and welded.
A massive task is involved.

Comment by: Hans Jameson on 5th April 2021 at 12:50

“The new bridge will mean people in Orrell won’t have to go the long way round to get to Redwood Park and Pemberton’s residents won’t need to walk along a busy road to get to the shops in Orrell.” Said the Wigan Evening Post. I had to laugh.

Comment by: lock lass on 5th April 2021 at 13:00

Well saying we have had to wait three/four years for this to be completed, it looks like it's been worth it. Nice photo Mick.

Comment by: Broady on 5th April 2021 at 14:29

A very nice looking bridge indeed, but a massive task never. Look at some of the bridges around the UK.

Comment by: Cyril on 5th April 2021 at 15:29

From the Yorkshire Times 16th September 2020.
https://www.yorkshiretimes.co.uk/article/New-Footbridge-Touches-Down-In-Wigan

Cost 1.8 Million Pounds 29th September 2020. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/meet-the-wigan-residents-reunited-by-new-18-million-footbridge

Excerpt from above. "The new footbridge has a higher barrier on both sides, making it suitable for cyclists, and a new ramp provides step-free access over the slip road for people with prams and wheelchairs."

Comment by: Veronica on 5th April 2021 at 15:54

I just hope it doesn't end up with graffiti on it. The grot bags can't resist!

Comment by: Garry on 5th April 2021 at 19:23

I agree with Veronica, gravetti nuts can't resist. It will happen sadly.

Comment by: Arthur on 5th April 2021 at 19:31

One way to claw money back is for the government to fine the culprits who throw litter out on the streets and the same with graffiti yobs.

Comment by: Mick on 5th April 2021 at 22:46

No broken bottles yet because the footpath is made with bouncy tarmac,

Comment by: good old days on 6th April 2021 at 08:23

well said broady

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