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New A57 bridge opens

The new A57 bridge has opened following delays Photo: Granada Reports

The first cars have travelled along the new A57 road and lifting bridge at Barton today, connecting Salford and Trafford.

The bridge collapsed last year when a concrete platform fell to the ground.

The opening of the relief road, aimed at tackling congestion, also caused outrage amongst residents, businesses and motorists due to the delays it caused on surrounding roads. There was also a dispute between Peel Land and Property and Salford Council.

In welcoming the opening of the new road and bridge, a spokesperson for Peel, said:

“Peel has been committed to improving the road infrastructure in and around Port Salford, the AJ Bell Stadium and TraffordCity for many years and, as a company, have invested £35 million into the new lifting bridge and extension of the A57 from Irlam.

"We have been working closely alongside our contractors and colleagues in Salford and Trafford councils. We are delighted that today’s opening of the new bridge and road will form part of the highway network, benefitting the general public, local economy and community.”

– Spokesperson for Peel Land and Property

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said:

I am extremely pleased to announce the opening of the road and the lifting bridge today, after weeks of frustration and concern from residents in Irlam, Cadishead, Barton and the surrounding area, this is much welcomed news.

“Salford City Council is still in discussions with Peel Land and Property over the liability for maintaining and operating the bridge but I’m pleased that Peel Land and Property has agreed a way forward with ourselves and Trafford Council, in the interests of local residents and our communities. My sympathies go out to the residents who have been inconvenienced, but I am confident we can now move forward in the interests of our residents.”

– Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett

Councillor Sean Anstee, Leader of Trafford Council said:

I am delighted that the new A57 road and lifting bridge at Barton is finally going to be open to the public from Tuesday. Despite the fact that we have yet to reach agreement over liability for the future maintenance of the bridge, I am pleased that all parties have successfully worked together to ensure the necessary approvals are in place in time for the bridge to open before Christmas – great news for everyone involved, especially the local communities who have been anxiously waiting for this news.”

– Councillor Sean Anstee, Leader of Trafford Council