CGI of the original plans for Port Salford. Credit: via planning documents

Peel rejigs Port Salford terminal plans

It has been nearly 20 years since Peel Investment first hatched its idea for the £138m logistics scheme in Barton that would be accessible via trains, lorries, and ships. Since then, however, the commercial needs for multi-modal terminals such as Port Salford have changed.

Peel is hoping to bring its 2003 plans into the 2020s by changing the design of the rail link and the terminal area itself.

Plans submitted by WSP show ambitions to make the warehouses and cranes at the terminal area taller, with the cranes reaching 35 metres with a lighting beacon at their top.

The terminal area has shrunk from 42 acres to around 30 acres and no longer has the proposed office space. It has also moved further inland – this is to avoid any conflict with United Utilities’ planned outfall into the nearby Manchester Ship Canal.

Because of the move inland, the terminal area now extends onto 12 acres of land that was not part of the original permission.

Peel has also increased landscaping around Port Salford and adjusted the port’s rail connection so that it can allow for the use of overhead electric trains.

Another change is the simplified scheme for the diversion of Salteye Brook to be an open channel design.

Fletcher Rae is the architect behind the scheme, while TEP handled the landscape architecture.

The revised Salford Port application reference number with Salford City council is 22/79794/FUL.

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2003!!!! its 2022 and still nothing has happened here, says it all. What they waiting for a government grant?

By Bob

Long term vision, commitment and investment to Port Salford should be commended.

By Winston

Dragging their feet here! Get on with it…Northern powerhouse….this is the type of scheme needed to support it….Good quality well paid jobs…

By Manc

20 years stalled by planners requiring rail first rather than development and infrastructure

By Thomas

The proximity of the ship canal , with it`s environmental positives , should lever in some grants , do we know what level marine shipping activity has been of late.

By Anonymous

As part of ” levelling up,” could Govt not provide money for rail iand road nfrastructure and Peel do the rest with a little Govt funding
Sadly Northern Powerhouse is no more than Northern Outhouse, one of which I still have in my back yard Come on Tory Government £20 Billion for crossrail, why not send a few million oop North
( if you’re serious of course)

By Steve

So UU are still pumping sewage into Ship Canal

By Sid

We had a functional dock in Salford. Now called media city. The docks are still there and it is them that should be brought into the 21st century.

By David

OK David, we’ll just kick out the thousands of residents, all the small businesses, the university, theatre, BBC and demolish the Corrie set to attract back a form of shipping which no longer exist.

By Weasteman

Media city formally Manchester Docks should be brought into the 21st century? I’d take a look around there David or follow a few stories on PNW. I think you’ll find it’s changed a tad since I was a kid!

By Anonymous

Why don’t they reopen the Manchester ship canal and start using it again

By M of Manchester

Slight correction. It was never called Manchester Docks, it was Salford Docks.

By Ian

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