Salford, 5th July 2017
in response to the photo challenge Bridge
It can be happily said that where i live, in Salford, you’re no more than five minutes away from a bridge of some sort.
The mass of water you see above is the Manchester Ship Canal , which flows towards the river mersey, and flows through the county of Greater Manchester
as a result – there’s a number of bridges that cross this expanse.
The one i cross most days is the Trafford Road Bridge, which i cross when going to sporting events on the other side of the county.
Occasionally, i’ll cross this bridge – the old dockside swing bridge – affectionately called “Detroit” as each of the docks is named after an american lake. Detroit passes over “Erie” Basin, a place once for ships – but now more akin to Open water swimming
Erie has an adjoining canal, called Mariners – and this too has a set of bridges to enable those living on the dockside to get about. This pic was taken at the point where the mouth of Erie flows into Mariners – which joins up with another set of Basins at the other side.
The newest of all the bridges on the quayside (and the last in the sequence on my journey to Imperial War Museum North) is the Millennium Bridge – built for the year 2000 and providing access across the waterway between the Lowry arts centre in Salford, and Imperial War Museum North – in Neighbouring Trafford
(Sports fans might have also noted – its used for quick access to Manchester United Football Club’s stadium – Old Trafford)