Funding secured for Irwell bridge

The HawkinsBrown-designed bridge, linking New Bailey in Salford and Manchester’s St Johns, has secured funding from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Set run from a plot next to Manchester’s The Factory arts centre, currently under construction, and New Bailey, the bridge will provide a cycling and walking route over the Irwell to connect the two rapidly-developing areas.

Designed by HawkinsBrown with support from Civic Engineers, the bridge includes a steel deck cantilevered from a truss spanning the river. The bridge deck is also designed to widen in the centre at the point of crossing between Salford and Manchester.

Funding has been granted as part of a wider application by Salford City Council to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Cycling & Walking Challenge Fund; this money will allow the design to be developed further before a planning application is submitted.

The bridge’s landing point will be near the proposed Nickel and Dime residential towers on the Manchester side, which have planning permission and are due to be developed by Select Property Group.

The crossing will sit between the Ordsall Chord and the New Quay Street bridge.

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This area will rapidly transform. The opening up of the Granada campus, finishing of New Bailey and Middlewood Locks, will be topped off by the Factory. I hope a WAXI style service can re-start, but this time along the Irwell and show off Manchester’s emerging waterfront.

By Iconic

Will there be any parking or affordable housing? Won’t somebody please think of the traffic that this will cause

By Anonymous

Oh @anon – the irony of talking about the traffic a development will cause while simultaneously asking where the parking is. Absolute cracker that.

By daveboi

@Anon – Its a Bridge;- its purpose is to create permeability between that part of the city and the new Development on the other side of the Irwell and will surely benefit all in its locality.

By Tha'Knows

This bridge will cause traffic chaos. This is exactly why we voted Brexit!!

By Pitchfork

I think Anon was joking guys

By Anonymous

@anon… calm down dear!! it’s a pedestrian bridge.. it should help with the traffic – encouraging people to walk or use a bicycle.. not all development is going to affect your commute.. I think it looks great too..

By Manc

Will this bridge contain any affordable housing? There is a chronic lack of affordable bridge-housing in Manchester and this will only get worse.

By Concerned Resident

They need to sort out the footpath on the Salford bank of the river all the way along to Spinningfields to link with this bridge. Otherwise it doesn’t really link up to anything.

By Rob

All these extra cyclists using the bridge will only block up the roads causing more congestion.


Superb. More pictures/plans please.

By Thumbs Up

I wonder if we’ll be allowed to walk on this one before the one that’s been there about 3 years already but still nobody is allowed to use?! #awkward #stupid

By Hmmm

I think this is great as I cycle along here every day, including that horrible A34/Trinity Way junction, but what about the other pedestrian bridge near the even more horrible Hampson St/Trinity Way junction? Isn’t this meant to be built already?

By L

Looks like sarcasm is lost on many of the readers here, well played Anon. Shame they couldn’t build a park on the bridge.

By New Wave

Shame the old iron Princess?? Bridge that was removed for the Ordsall Curve couldn’t have been reused as something like this.

By Loganberry

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