Barton Swing Bridges Road And Canal - a Memory of Barton Upon Irwell.
This picture shows both the Barton road bridge and the swing bridge carrying the
Bridgewater Canal across the Manchester Ship Canal in the 'open' position.
I used to visit this site as a child when there were still barges operating on the
Bridgewater. It is a fascinating and unique example of Victorian engineering.
Today, the site is a wilderness when it should be a tourist attraction! The owners
the Peel Group (formerly Peel Holdings) have absolutely no sense of the history of
this site and should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves for allowing this historic
site to become what is little more than an overgrown litter-strewn jungle!
The Peel Groups smug, self-congratulatory and complacent web-site makes the
claim that they are 'Positively impacting people's lives'. Well, their neglect of this historic
site is negatively impacting this persons life! The subsidiary Peel Land & Property
website makes much of the awarding of a Transport Trust 'Red Wheel' to this site.
What a joke! I will be contacting the Transport Trust to see if they have any procedures
for un-awarding their 'Red Wheels'.
The Peel Group can't claim they don't know - their headquarters are in the Trafford
Centre about a mile away.
A memory shared by on Jun 21st, 2018. Send Roger Hare a message
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