Stirchley Lane Bridge Over The Silkin Way - Telford, UK
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N 52° 39.404 W 002° 27.097
30U E 537093 N 5834227
Quick Description: This single arch stone bridge was built to carry Stirchley Lane over the Coalport Branch of the London and North Western Railway which is now a rails to trails route.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 9/13/2018 5:17:04 AM
Waymark Code: WMZ5GK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
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Long Description:

The Railway Line
The Coalport branch line was a standard gauge London and North Western Railway branch line in Shropshire, England, which ran between Hadley Junction near Oakengates on the Stafford to Shrewsbury line and a terminus at Coalport East railway station on the north bank of the River Severn at Coalport.

The 8-mile (13 km) branch line opened on 17 June 1861. Passenger services were little used, with the line’s existence being mainly supported by freight traffic. There were sidings at locations including Blists Hill Ironworks and the Coalport China factory of John Rose and Co.

The line was closed to passengers in 1952 and to regular freight on 5 December 1960; it finally closed to even sporadic traffic on 6 July 1964.

The Silkin Way
Four miles of the former trackbed now form part of the Silkin Way, a cycling and walking route managed by Telford and Wrekin Council. It runs south of the former Malins Lee railway station to just south of the former Coalport East railway station.

The Bridge
The bridge made of stone has a single arch and carries Stirchley Lane ove the Silkin Way and rout of the former railway.
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Motor vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists

What kind of gap does this bridge cross?:
The Coalport Branch of the London and North Western Railway

Date constructed: 1861

Is the bridge still in service for its original purpose?: Yes

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Stirchley Lane

Stirchley, Staffordshire

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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