Trinity Bridge, Salford

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I took the train into Manchester on Saturday – the main reason being that I’d decided to look for some new walking boots. It was a fine sunny, day and after alighting at Salford Central train station and walking up to Deansgate, I stopped to take a few snaps of the Trinity Bridge, a footbridge that crosses the River Irwell connecting the “twin cities” of Salford and Manchester.

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It was designed by the architect, structural engineer and artist, Santiago Calatrava.- it’s his only bridge in the UK – and was opened in 1995.

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It’s a cable-stay design with a 41-meter cigar shaped pylon, angled towards Salford, with the cables attached asymmetrically to form a cris-cross effect– rather reminding me of a “Spirograph” pattern.

It’s difficult to take a photo that properly shows the design. On the Salford side there are three ramps, two of which curve in from either side, combining at the pylon  to form the deck across the river. The Manchester bank of the Irwell is higher than on the Salford side so the bridge slopes up to meet the bank.

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It’s a radical design and there have been some problems with maintenance but there is no doubt that it’s an attractive landmark structure.

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8 thoughts on “Trinity Bridge, Salford

  1. Ah, many happy hours spent with Spirograph!

    We need to go boot shopping soon too. We both dumped our summer walking boots before we left Colorado last summer, and my winter ones won’t see another year either, though John’s were new last year. I feel great expense coming on…..

    • Yes, boots are an expensive, but absolutely necessary, item and don’t last for ever. I’ve had my last pair of boots for several years and it’s time to replace. We’ve got a short walking holiday booked in May so I needed to get new boots to give me time to break them in.
      And what ever happened to Spirograph?

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