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Arrow ARCHIVE: Road to nowhere! Manchesters vanishing road! 04-09 - 05-07-2009, 15:10

Proof that council planners were dropping too much acid in the 1960’s!
Mancunian way – the A57(M) is a flyover in south central Manchester that was completed in 1967 (Parts were updated in 1992)
Classed as the Manchester/Salford inner ring road, it is a west to east link road to ease city centre congestion.
All was going well until it became apparent that the slip road that was to create a dual carriageway to the A34 was actually pointing the wrong way!
So they simply stopped building it and the resulting ‘stub’ remains to this day – hidden partly by an advertising placard!
I have wanted to capture this pretty much all the time I’ve lived in Manchester – and I finally did it!

The beginning – and the end!

The end - and the beginning! With the main route in the background.

The silent flyover.

You are – well, somewhere around here!

The view, which no car will ever have!

Or a rear view mirror!

Apply brakes now!

And then it stopped!

Sneaky way of hiding a council clanger!
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Default 05-07-2009, 15:23

o there mad them, we got on in Birkenhead, i always wondered abut it until a old map showed me it use to be a fly over that went across to town but when they pulled it down they had to leave that bit because the pillar holding it up was need as a small part of the support for the rest of the section

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Default 07-07-2009, 16:44

According to the pre-construction report it was to link into Brook Street, but the planned upgrade of many city centre roads never took place. Here are some images from said report.


artist's impression


detailed plan - you can see here how the 'as built' reverted to the 'initial plan' and the 'final layout' (pink) is drawn as a phased spur.


exploded structural axo


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Default 18-07-2009, 08:39

I found an aerial of manc way before they built the section over London Road.

Alas, I also discovered that Guy Maunsell was dead by the time they were designing it, so though it was his firm, it didn't have his hand.


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