Barton Road Swing Bridge

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Barton Road Swing Bridge Jan 31, 2017
Known locally as Barton Road Bridge, this is a swing bridge that crosses traffic and pedestrians over the Manchester Ship Canal between Trafford Park to Barton-upon-Irwell in Salford. The listed bridge is part of conservation area and is adjacent to the Barton Aqueduct Pocket Park which includes the adjacent Barton Swing Aqueduct. The bridge opens for vessels cruising the ship canal which increases delays to an already busy road.

The current bridge was built and opened in 1894, during the Manchester Ship Canal construction, though there has been previous bridge since the 17th Century where the road meets the River Irwell. The bride was designed by Edward Leader Williams and constructed by Andrew Handyside and Company.

Issues were raised about the high volume of road traffic using the bridge and also its regular closures to accommodate the vessels cruising the ship canal below. Another bridge, Barton High Level Bridge, was built downstream in 1960 and Centenary Bridge, was constructed upstream near Salford.

There are ongoing plans to conserve the area around the bridges in order to meet a World Heritage Site status with its Barton Aqueduct Pocket Park. Further information about the bridge can be found on the website.
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