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New City Centre Footbridge Lands

Spinningfields and Salford kiss

Published on January 30th 2012.

New City Centre Footbridge Lands

THERE ARE now eighteen viaducts, roadbridges and footbridges over the River Irwell in the mile and a half between Regent Road in the south and Trinity Way in the north close to the Manchester Arena.

This is the third of five new proposed bridge connections across the Irwell 

On Sunday a 44m footbridge linking Salford to Manchester was hauled into place over the River Irwell using a 1,000 tonne crane and state-of-the-art lifting equipment.

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Allied London, the lead developer and Salford City Council, the new footbridge is the latest part of the Irwell River Park Programme, providing a direct gateway between the New Bailey area of Salford Central and Spinningfields in Manchester. 

When completed, the bridge will launch from Leftbank in Spinningfields and sweep over the River Irwell before landing close to the Mark Addy pub on Stanley Street in Salford.

Stanley Street will benefit from improvements including new lighting and paving, creating a new riverside routeway that will link across New Bailey Street, towards Chapel Wharf. The New Bailey development will also establish an onward link to the revitalised Salford Central train station.

Improvement works will continue on Stanley Street over the coming months, with the bridge due to open to the public in spring 2012.


Irwell footbridge


Councillor John Merry CBE, Leader of Salford City Council said: “It is always exciting when we are so near to completing a new landmark for the city. More importantly, this new bridge will unlock the economic potential of this area of Salford, setting the scene for further jobs, ready to develop much needed business and commercial space in New Bailey.” 

Sir Howard Bernstein, Vice Chair of the North West European Regional Development Fund Local Management Committee said; "This vital piece of infrastructure will make an important contribution to economic growth in Salford and Spinningfields - the benefits will be felt by local people and businesses."

Michael Ingall, Chief Executive, Allied London Properties Limited, said: “Despite challenging economic conditions, we are committed to the continued evolution of Spinningfields and the completion of this new footbridge is testament to the determination of all parties involved to see this project delivered. Now the bridge is complete, we intend to announce our next phase of development for this part of Spinningfields, with proposals for a very unique scheme released by early spring.”

This is the third of five new proposed bridge connections across the Irwell and is a piece in the Irwell River Park jigsaw that will transform the day to day workings of Salford, Manchester and Trafford’s unique waterway.

Irwell River Park is a £72 million programme of investment along the Irwell Corridor led by Salford City Council, in partnership with Manchester City Council, Trafford Council and the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).

For more information on Irwell River Park visit www.irwellriverpark.com



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18 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJanuary 30th 2012.

Unfortunately, because it wouldn't line up correctly, the support on the Salford side (first picture) had to be cut with an oxy-acetylene torch & welded together again...

Simon SmithJanuary 30th 2012.

How kind of the European Regional Development Fund to chip in with some cash.

As the UK is a net contributor to the EU, this is simply us getting some of our own tax money back.

But it's the thought that counts.

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it's the city, duffusJanuary 31st 2012.

Thoughts of a mind from the Second World. When you no longer lead anything, you get grumpy...

Simon SmithJanuary 31st 2012.

Who is grumpy?

I'm just pointing out that it would be better to keep our EU contributions in the UK and then we'd be able to build more bridges and other things too.

That's because we'd be able to use the UK money which currently goes to other EU nations or is paid to administrators in Brussels.

What's the point of giving money to an organisation so it can give you less back to spend on infrastructure?

AnonymousFebruary 1st 2012.

Who said you get 'less back from Europe'?

What about the Irish cleaner that cleans your home/office well below market rate?

What about the German engineer who sells you top automotive product you couldn't even come up with in your wildest dreams?

What about the Thai or Spanish chef who blows your mind away by not serving you yet another cheese and onion pie?

They all wouldn't be here if you closed shop and kept yourself to yourself.

The world is a big place - you need to get out more and enjoy its diversity rather than moaning about who pays what and what you get out of it.

You get a working market out of it!

GimboidFebruary 1st 2012.

What are you getting snippy about, Simon? European cash funds loads of projects like this in the UK.

EU DirectorateFebruary 2nd 2012.

I'm not sure Thailand is in Europe anon

it's the city, duffusFebruary 4th 2012.

that's why I prefer to have Tapas.

ClaireJanuary 31st 2012.

The bridge did fit, the only thing they cut off were the temporary supports. Get your facts right!!

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AnonymousJanuary 31st 2012.

I didn't say it didn't fit, I said it didn't line up correctly.

The white angled structure in the top picture is not a temporary support. The bridge is bolted to it. Initially it was out of line & had to cut, then re-welded...

AnonymousJanuary 31st 2012.

I didn't say it didn't fit, I said it didn't line up correctly.

The inclined white structure in the top picture above the comments is not temporary. It is still bolted to the bridge.

When offered up, the lugs on the bridge didn't align with the lugs on the support. Therefore the support had to be cut & re-welded...

AnonymousFebruary 1st 2012.

Anyone know what impact this will have on the river?

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Man in a shedFebruary 2nd 2012.

It will look 16.2% sexier

Billy OddyFebruary 2nd 2012.

It'll probably mean more people crossing over it, which will introduce the possibility of an increased incidence of crisps being dropped over the side. I'm not sure if it'll be enough to change the entire eco-system, but it'll have an affect on some small birds and various fowl.

the Whalley RangerFebruary 4th 2012.

I have noticed a grey heron in other parts of this 'canal', around the MEN Chapel Street end to be precise. He'll love the extra crisps!

AnonymousFebruary 6th 2012.

There will be a 43% increase in the volume of poo-sticks.

AnonymousFebruary 6th 2012.

There will be a 43% increase in the volume of poo-sticks.

Ghostly TomApril 30th 2012.

Looks good but I walked across it one evening with my cousin and it felt very flimsy under foot!

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