updated 10 Jan 2014
updated 23 Jan 2014
|New R Soar bridge near Space Centre 17.10.2013|
|Still closed 10 Jan 2014|
It looks a very standard construction - the artist's impression (see below) available at the time the idea became public was a bit less mundane.
|Artist's impression from 2012|
The road called Abbey Meadows leading north from Abbey Park Road still peters out into wasteland at the eastern end of the new bridge, though it is passable on bikes/foot over Swans Nest bridge over the canal, and along the bizarre new elevated walkway leading through dereliction to an unpleasant cul-de-sac doubling as a tip, and then to Ross Way. This stretch is frequented by drinkers and doubtful gatherings, so best avoided until the hoped-for developments clean up the place.
|New bridge from Abbey Meadows 17.10.2013|
Alternative, non-flooding route for NCN 6
This is a pity, because at least that route doesn't flood, as the present path of NCN 6 N of the Space Centre* has 3 times earlier this year, leaving a foul residue of mud and, worse, plastic waste in the grassed areas and hedges, which has only just cleared. Perhaps, when the development starts, a diversion of NCN 6 over the new bridge could be contemplated. It would pass N along Abbey Meadows to Swans Nest bridge, and along a re-salubriated version of the elevated walkway to Ross Way, via Mill Hill and Vicarage Lane to Belgrave House, and thence past the former church to rejoin the current route of NCN 6 at Thurcaston Road.
Well, one can dream . . .
*10 Jan 2014: NCN 6 under water there again. However, the Environment Agency have started on the investigative work needed for the design basis of the flood prevention works between Abbey Park and Watermead Way. They were working there today.