The first vehicles used the bridge this afternoon after final approvals had been granted by the highways authority and Transport for Greater Manchester. All outstanding works by the contractor, Hochtief Buckingham, were completed earlier this week, including safety checks.
Many had prayed that the end to the Bridge Madness came soon and it seems the big G was listening and a miracle granted.
The bridge was scheduled to open between 1pm and 2pm but opened a little before 3pm, but errrr better late than never? eh?
I was there of course, sat like an sore thumb awaiting the green light to drive across, and as soon as the lights hit green they ummm turned red again. But that never spoiled the fun as in the end we were 6th to go across the bridge and a mighty historic journey it was.
For years the people of Irlam and Cadishead have suffered huge problems with congestion, it is hoped this new crossing will help alleviate those issues and speed up journey times. Some however remain skeptical and think that it will have little impact on reducing what has become for many a nightly nightmare whilst trying to get in and out of the area.
In the end and without much of a real fanfare the bridge was declared 'OPEN' and cars were finally allowed to cross it, we did check for Trolls and Tolls and none were present so it seems safe enough, it is actually a really nice journey and i can see it cutting down times in and out of Trafford quite a lot, if Trafford actually deals with the problems around the Trafford Centre that is..
In welcoming the opening of the new road and bridge, a spokesperson for Peel Land and Property, said:
Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said:
Councillor Sean Anstee, Leader of Trafford Council said:
The Vatican were asked for a comment but they blocked our calls and threatened us with legal action.