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50 years of the Besses Metrolink Bridge

by timpickstone on 29 October, 2019

Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the distinctive railway (now tram) bridge over the motorway near Besses station, reports the Bury Times.

Throughout its construction leading engineers warned that the project was a white elephant which would never stand nor carry a single train.

Construction of the bridge put Besses on the civil engineering map, in part thanks to the young engineer Mr Davies’ unusual and ground breaking design, but primarily because of the huge difficulties British Rail surmounted to ensure its completion.

At the same time the simultaneous construction of the road bridge saw some 4,000 cubic yards of earth removed for 3,000 tons worth of concrete foundations. While the main structure weighed more than 1,000 tons.

The engineer involved said to the Bury Times: “I have just celebrated my 80th birthday and I am grateful for the opportunity I had to contribute to the creation of the infrastructure that it so vital to us all.”

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