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UPDATE: Port Salford bridge collapses

UPDATE: Port Salford bridge collapses
The Port Salford bridge under construction

A bridge under construction to support the Port Salford logistics development plunged 60 feet on Monday (May 16th).

The platform, close to junctions 10 and 11 of the M60 motorway, is part of a £30m infrastructure project to relieve traffic on the M60 orbital motorway by realigning part of the A57. This includes a new lift bridge over the Manchester ship canal.

Developer Peel is undertaking the scheme as part of the planning deal which enabled the Port Salford scheme to go ahead. Work on the scheme is expected to complete later this year.

A Peel Ports Group spokesperson said: “We can confirm that an incident involving construction works for the lifting bridge near the M60 over the Manchester Ship Canal has obstructed marine traffic on the canal east and west to and from Manchester. We understand that no-one was injured during the incident.
 
“For the time being there will be no marine traffic movements on the canal in the immediate vicinity of the incident until further notice. We have a marine response team on the ground and are working with the emergency services and all parties involved in the project to assess and minimise the impact on users of the canal. We will be updating our customers and users of the canal throughout the day and going forward. We hope to resume normal access for marine traffic along the relevant area of the canal as soon as practically possible.”
 

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