Before and During Construction
Blackpool Road bridge to the farm access bridge.
The before photographs were taken from 1994 onwards and show various sites along the proposed route of the Link before work started.
The dated photographs are being added to show the same points as work progresses.
Before: Looking up-stream from Blackpool Road bridge over the reed bed which will have to be cut back by a small amount. The Deepdale Brook outfall comes in from the far bank, just to the left of the nearest group of trees.
Wed 10th Jul 2002: Bank profiling, piling and dredging at the reed bed north of Blackpool Road bridge.
Before: Looking back down-stream towards Blackpool Road.
Before: Looking down-stream towards Blackpool Road bridge from the Deepdale Brook outfall.
Before: The Savick Brook bends round to the left to flow under Blackpool Road bridge. The Deepdale Brook outfall comes in from the right just before the bend.
Before: Looking eastwards up the Savick Brook from a point just west of the Deepdale Brook outfall.
Tue 18th June 2002: The right hand bank which has been cut back to ease the bend can just be seen beneath the tree in the distance.
Before: The first of the obstructions crossing the Savick Brook. The sewerage pipe from the British Nuclear Fuels Limited works cannot be moved but there will be sufficient clearance for boats to pass below the pipe.
Before: This one will need lowering by 1.5m or raising by 3m using a siphon arrangement to give sufficient clearance.
Tue 18th Jun 2002: The far bank, just downstream of the BNFL siphon, is of doubtful stability and is being piled using a rig on the near bank.
Before: Out into open countryside, the site of lock 8 is in the centre distance near the trees.
Tue 18th Jun 2002: Looking up-stream, towards lock 8, from just upstream of the BNFL pumping station. Two round piles for the floating mooring pontoon below lock 8 can be seen in the distance.
Before: Looking up-stream across the site of lock 8 (the sea-lock) and the winding
hole to the derelict first farm access bridge. Note all the flotsam on the left-hand bank which has been brought up-stream and deposited by the tide.
14th May 2002: The virtually complete lock 8 seen from the footbridge. The partially excavated winding-hole can be seen at the top left.
Before: Between the first and second farm access bridges looking down-stream.
Thu 23rd August 2001: The piling rig at work on lock 8 as the planned work at lock 2a was re-sheduled due to flooding. The tops of the piles are behind and to the right of the blue vehicle. The derelict farm bridge can be seen in front of the bushes on the right.
Before: Between the first and second farm access bridges looking up-stream.
Wed 6th February 2002: The replacement farm access bridge has just been lifted into position. The recent exceptionally high tide rose above the fence posts by the bridge and they were covered by a muddy deposit.
Before: Looking north-eastwards from the south bank over the second farm access bridge. At high tide after heavy rainfall there is 2m depth of water and 1m air draught beneath this bridge which will be replaced.
Wed 6th February 2002: The replacement farm access bridge tube has just been lifted into position just down-stream of the original one which can be seen through the arch.
Before: Looking south-eastwards from the north bank over the second farm access bridge
Week 25th February 2002: The replacement farm access bridge tube has now been given its road foundation. The original bridge can just be seen through the arch of the new one.
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Last Revised: Wed 10th July 2002
Copyright © 1999 - 2002 by John Clegg, Cliff Fazackerley and the
Ribble Link Trust Ltd.
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