Britannia Bridge No 53

Warrington Road, Wigan WN1 3AJ, United Kingdom
A573
 
Britannia Bridge No 53 is a minor waterways place on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds) between Wigan Junction (Junction of Leeds and Liverpool Main Line and Leigh Branch) (2½ furlongs and 1 lock to the west) and Wigan Top Lock Junction (1 mile and 5½ furlongs and 20 locks to the northeast).
 
It is part of Wigan Locks.

Navigational note for Wigan Locks:

Water conservation/anti vandal key is required for these locks

It is part of Wigan.
 
The nearest place in the direction of Wigan Junction is Railway Bridge No 53B; ½ furlongs away.
 
The nearest place in the direction of Wigan Top Lock Junction is Wigan Lock 20 No 84; a few yards away.

There may be access to the towpath here.

Mooring here is unrated

There is a bridge here which takes a major road over the canal.

 

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Opening Times

Navigation restriction notice: Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Navigation: Open, Towpath: Open
From: Barrowford Bottom Lock No 51 to Wigan Lock 21 No 85.

Update on 03/05/2019:

We have continued to experience a prolonged period of dry weather in the reservoir catchment area, which has resulted in higher than normal drawdown from the reservoirs, for this time of the year.  We have reached the point where further restrictions are required, which will be implemented from Friday 17 May.  These are as follows;

Johnsons Hillocks - Open at 10am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4 pm Blackburn Locks - Open at 10am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4 pm Barrowford Locks – Open at 10am, closed at 4pm, last entry 3pm Greenberfield Locks – Open at 10am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4pm Bank Newton Locks – Open at 10am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4pm Gargrave Locks – Open at 10am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4pm

Wigan Flight - Lock 65 (Top of Wigan Flight) and Lock 85 (Bottom of Wigan Flight) to be open to customers as follows:

8:30am to 9:30am to facilitate entry onto the flight 12:30pm to 1:30pm to facilitate exit from the flight

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates in the coming weeks. While the restrictions will restrict the use of the canal by boats, the towpath will continue to remain open for visitors and the local community alike to enjoy.

In the meantime, boaters can help conserve water by;

Sharing locks where possible and making the best use of the water available. Ensuring paddles are fully closed once they’ve passed through a lock. Aiming for minimal contact when navigating through locks by ensuring gates are fully open as they pass through. Pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.

Due to the low rainfall which has resulted in the drawdown of the reservoirs, and with the forecast set for dry weather, the Trust will be implementing temporary restrictions to navigation between Barrowford Locks (45 to 51) and Gargrave (from below lock 30) effective Monday 29 April.

Barrowford Locks – Open at 8am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4pm Greenberfield Locks – Open at 8am, closed at 6pm, last entry 5pm Bank Newton Locks – Open at 8am, closed at 6pm, last entry 5pm Gargrave Locks – Open at 8am, closed at 6pm, last entry 5pm.

It’s not clear how long the restrictions will be in place, however if there is no significant, sustained rainfall it is likely further restrictions will be implemented. While the restrictions will restrict the use of the canal by boats, the towpath will remain open for visitors and the local community alike to enjoy.

In the meantime, boaters can help conserve water by:

Sharing locks where possible and making the best use of the water available. Ensuring paddles are fully closed once they’ve passed through a lock. Aiming for minimal contact when navigating through locks by ensuring gates are fully open as they pass through. Pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.

Monday the 29th of April, 2019 to Friday the 8th of May, 2020
Information sent Thursday the 18th of April, 2019

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Nearest water point

Wigan Junction — 2½ furlongs and 1 lock away
On this waterway in the direction of Wigan Junction
Wigan Bottom Lock No 87 — 4¾ furlongs and 2 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan) to Wigan Bottom Lock No 87
Pottery Changeline Bridge — 5¾ furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan) to Pottery Changeline Bridge
Dean Locks No 90 — 4 miles, 1¾ furlongs and 5 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan) to Dean Locks No 90
Plank Lane Visitor Moorings — 5 miles, 6¾ furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Plank Lane Visitor Moorings
Wigan Top Lock Services — 1 mile, 5¾ furlongs and 20 locks away
On this waterway in the direction of Leeds Bridge
Bridgewater Marina — 12 miles, 3½ furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Leigh Bridge No 11, then on the Bridgewater Canal (Stretford and Leigh Branch) to Bridgewater Marina
Worsley Visitor Moorings — 13 miles, 7¼ furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Leigh Bridge No 11, then on the Bridgewater Canal (Stretford and Leigh Branch) to Worsley Visitor Moorings
Burscough Bridge Wharf — 11 miles, 4¾ furlongs and 7 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan) to Burscough Bridge Wharf
White Bear (Adlington) Marina — 6 miles, 1½ furlongs and 20 locks away
On this waterway in the direction of Leeds Bridge
Stretford Marina — 18 miles, 5 furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Leigh Bridge No 11, then on the Bridgewater Canal (Stretford and Leigh Branch) to Stretford - Waters Meeting, then on the Bridgewater Canal (Main Line) to Stretford Marina
Watch House Cruising Club — 19 miles, 5½ furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Leigh Bridge No 11, then on the Bridgewater Canal (Stretford and Leigh Branch) to Stretford - Waters Meeting, then on the Bridgewater Canal (Main Line) to Watch House Cruising Club
Spark Bridge Sanitary Station — 14 miles, 6 furlongs and 14 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan) to Lathom Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Rufford Branch) to Spark Bridge Sanitary Station
Johnson's Hillock Visitor Moorings — 11 miles, 3¾ furlongs and 27 locks away
On this waterway in the direction of Leeds Bridge

Nearest rubbish disposal

Wigan Junction — 2½ furlongs and 1 lock away
On this waterway in the direction of Wigan Junction
Wigan Bottom Lock No 87 — 4¾ furlongs and 2 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan) to Wigan Bottom Lock No 87
Plank Lane Pump Out — 5 miles, 6½ furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Plank Lane Pump Out
Wigan Top Lock Services — 1 mile, 5¾ furlongs and 20 locks away
On this waterway in the direction of Leeds Bridge
Moss Bridge No 35 — 9 miles, 6¾ furlongs and 7 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan) to Moss Bridge No 35
Burscough Bridge Wharf — 11 miles, 4¾ furlongs and 7 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan) to Burscough Bridge Wharf
Spark Bridge Sanitary Station — 14 miles, 6 furlongs and 14 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan) to Lathom Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Rufford Branch) to Spark Bridge Sanitary Station
Johnson's Hillock Visitor Moorings — 11 miles, 3¾ furlongs and 27 locks away
On this waterway in the direction of Leeds Bridge

Nearest chemical toilet disposal

Wigan Junction — 2½ furlongs and 1 lock away
On this waterway in the direction of Wigan Junction
Wigan Top Lock Services — 1 mile, 5¾ furlongs and 20 locks away
On this waterway in the direction of Leeds Bridge
Worsley Visitor Moorings — 13 miles, 7¼ furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Leigh Bridge No 11, then on the Bridgewater Canal (Stretford and Leigh Branch) to Worsley Visitor Moorings
Burscough Bridge Wharf — 11 miles, 4¾ furlongs and 7 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan) to Burscough Bridge Wharf
Watch House Cruising Club — 19 miles, 5½ furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Leigh Bridge No 11, then on the Bridgewater Canal (Stretford and Leigh Branch) to Stretford - Waters Meeting, then on the Bridgewater Canal (Main Line) to Watch House Cruising Club
Spark Bridge Sanitary Station — 14 miles, 6 furlongs and 14 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan) to Lathom Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Rufford Branch) to Spark Bridge Sanitary Station
Johnson's Hillock Visitor Moorings — 11 miles, 3¾ furlongs and 27 locks away
On this waterway in the direction of Leeds Bridge

Nearest place to turn

Wigan Junction — 2½ furlongs and 1 lock away
On this waterway in the direction of Wigan Junction
Wigan Pier Junction — 5¾ furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan) to Wigan Pier Junction
Ince Moss Winding Hole — 1 mile, 7½ furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Ince Moss Winding Hole
Ell Meadow Winding Hole — 2 miles and 4 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan) to Ell Meadow Winding Hole
Bamfurlong Winding Hole — 2 miles, 6¾ furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Bamfurlong Winding Hole
Dover Lock No 2 Winding Hole — 4 miles and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Dover Lock No 2 Winding Hole
Crooke Underground Canal — 2 miles, 7¼ furlongs and 5 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan) to Crooke Underground Canal
Gerrards Bridge Winding Hole — 5 miles, 2¾ furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Gerrards Bridge Winding Hole
Pennington Wharf Marina — 5 miles, 7 furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Pennington Wharf Marina
Plank Lane Winding Hole — 6 miles and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Plank Lane Winding Hole
Winding Hole below Dean Locks — 4 miles, 2¼ furlongs and 6 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan) to Winding Hole below Dean Locks
Quayside Winding Hole — 7 miles, 4¼ furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Quayside Winding Hole
Appley Bridge Winding Hole — 5 miles, 5½ furlongs and 6 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan) to Appley Bridge Winding Hole
Bridgewater Bridge Winding Hole — 7 miles, 5½ furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Leigh Bridge No 11, then on the Bridgewater Canal (Stretford and Leigh Branch) to Bridgewater Bridge Winding Hole
Marsland Green Winding Hole — 9 miles, 3¾ furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Leigh Bridge No 11, then on the Bridgewater Canal (Stretford and Leigh Branch) to Marsland Green Winding Hole
Morley's Bridge Winding Hole — 9 miles, 6½ furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Leigh Bridge No 11, then on the Bridgewater Canal (Stretford and Leigh Branch) to Morley's Bridge Winding Hole
Parbold Spur — 7 miles, 5¾ furlongs and 7 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan) to Parbold Spur
Peel Hall Winding Hole — 10 miles, 2½ furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Leigh Bridge No 11, then on the Bridgewater Canal (Stretford and Leigh Branch) to Peel Hall Winding Hole
Winding Hole between Vicar's Hall and Whitehead Hall Bridges — 11 miles, 1½ furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Leigh Bridge No 11, then on the Bridgewater Canal (Stretford and Leigh Branch) to Winding Hole between Vicar's Hall and Whitehead Hall Bridges
Wigan Top Lock Junction — 1 mile, 5½ furlongs and 20 locks away
On this waterway in the direction of Leeds Bridge

Nearest self-operated pump-out

Plank Lane Pump Out — 5 miles, 6½ furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Plank Lane Pump Out
Ellerbeck Narrowboats Wharf — 7 miles, ¼ furlongs and 20 locks away
On this waterway in the direction of Leeds Bridge
Spark Bridge Sanitary Station — 14 miles, 6 furlongs and 14 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan) to Lathom Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Rufford Branch) to Spark Bridge Sanitary Station
Johnson's Hillock Visitor Moorings — 11 miles, 3¾ furlongs and 27 locks away
On this waterway in the direction of Leeds Bridge

Nearest boatyard pump-out

Bridgewater Marina — 12 miles, 3½ furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Leigh Bridge No 11, then on the Bridgewater Canal (Stretford and Leigh Branch) to Bridgewater Marina
White Bear (Adlington) Marina — 6 miles, 1½ furlongs and 20 locks away
On this waterway in the direction of Leeds Bridge
Scarisbrick Marina — 15 miles, 4½ furlongs and 7 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan) to Scarisbrick Marina
Stretford Marina — 18 miles, 5 furlongs and 3 locks away
Travel to Wigan Junction, then on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) to Leigh Bridge No 11, then on the Bridgewater Canal (Stretford and Leigh Branch) to Stretford - Waters Meeting, then on the Bridgewater Canal (Main Line) to Stretford Marina
 

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Britannia Bridge (Welsh: Pont Britannia) is a bridge across the Menai Strait between the island of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales. It was originally designed and built by the noted railway engineer Robert Stephenson as a tubular bridge of wrought iron rectangular box-section spans for carrying rail traffic. Its importance was to connect to the port of Holyhead and facilitate a sea link to Dublin, Ireland; it also formed a critical link of the Chester and Holyhead Railway's route, enabling trains to directly travel between London and the port of Holyhead. During March 1966, the Britannia Bridge received Grade II listed status.

Decades prior to the building of the Britannia Bridge, the Menai Suspension Bridge had been completed, but this structure carried a road rather than track; there was no rail connection to Anglesey prior to its construction. After many years of deliberation and proposals, on 30 June 1845, a Parliamentary Bill covering the construction of the Britannia Bridge received royal assent. At the Admiralty's insistence, the bridge elements were required to be relatively high in order to permit the passage of a fully rigged man-of-war. In order to meet the diverse requirements, Stephenson, the project's chief engineer, performed in-depth studies on the concept of tubular bridges. For the detailed design of the structure's girders, Stephenson gained the assistance of distinguished engineer William Fairbairn. On 10 April 1846, the foundation stone for the Britannia Bridge was laid. The construction method used for the riveted wrought iron tubes was derived from contemporary shipbuilding practices; the same technique as used for the Britannia Bridge was also used on the smaller Conwy Railway Bridge. On 5 March 1850, Stephenson himself fitted the last rivet of the structure, marking the bridge's official completion.

Following a disastrous fire in May 1970, the Britannia Bridge suffered extensive damage. Following investigation, it was determined that the tubes had taken extensive damage and were not realistically repairable. Instead, it was decided to rebuild the structure in a quite different configuration, reusing the piers while employing new arches to support not one but two decks, as the new Britannia Bridge was to function as a combined road-and-rail bridge. The rebuild process was performed in phases; thus, it was initially reopened in 1972 as a single-tier steel truss arch bridge, carrying only rail traffic. Over the next eight years, more of the structure was replaced, allowing for more trains to be run and a second tier to be completed. During 1980, the second tier was opened to accommodate road traffic. The Britannia Bridge was subject to a £4 million four-month in-depth maintenance programme during 2011. Since the 1990s, there has been talk of increasing road capacity over the Menai Strait, either by extending the road deck of the existing bridge or via the construction of a third bridge.

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