Looking towards Melbourne Street bridge from the west before work began. The original narrow bridge had been widened on this side. A steel girder supports a brick parapet (the other parapet being in the original stone). The bridge hole has been bricked up but newer brickwork shows where exploratory work has previously taken place.
The brickwork has been taken down and the ground partly excavated. The original bridge arch can be seen. The bridge itself has been partly in-filled.
The bridge has been opened right through and the channel under the bridge has been excavated .
A later picture looking along the concrete canal channel shows the restored bridge from below the new Back Melbourne Street bridge, with Armentieres Square and Lock 6W beyond.
The completed canal and bridge with new steps leading down to the towpath from Melbourne Street.
Another view of Melbourne Street bridge from the west. This side of the bridge has been re-built to match the other side. A footbridge crosses from Melbourne Street to Back Melbourne Street and a flight of steps has been constructed leading down to the towpath from Melbourne Street.
A view of the completed Melbourne Street bridge from the east. The bridge parapet has been re-built. A steel footbridge allowing pedestrian access to the bus stops in Armentieres Square has been put into position on the left.
The towpath below the bridge has being paved with brick setts and a lamp installed and handrails put in place below the bridge.
Next page: Back Melbourne Street Bridge
My thanks to Tameside Council for providing access to take some of these photographs.