A Virtual Stroll Along the Mickle Trafford-Shotton Railway
Here we see a detail of the track bed of the old railway, over which trains once steamed between the now-vanished Northgate Station (the site of today's Northgate Arena) to Deeside and beyond.
The paraphernalia of the railway are long gone; the rails and signals have been torn up and the ground now boasts a covering of lush vegetation. At the time this photograph was taken- May 1999- the section illustrated, however, unaccountably seems to have resisted such encroachment.
We have left Blacon and the last of the conglomeration of urban Chester behind us now and rural peace prevails upon both sides. We spotted a weasel crossing the line near here.
In the distance, we see yet another of the handsome little sandstone bridges we have encountered all along the course of our stroll- this one carries a quiet lane through the fields to Hermitage Road, which takes you on to the village of Saughall- and a pint at the Egerton Arms, if you should feel the need...
We have now moved on to the far side of the bridge illustrated above- and forward in time to a sunny Sunday afternoon fifteen months later, in August 2000. The old bridge and woodland remain much the same but the gravelly trackbed has been totally transformed.
Should it ever come about, Phase II of the two-lane CDTS busway would
have to somehow be squeezed into the narrow space under this bridge
and adjoining the new cycletrack. Just how this is to be achieved is
at present far from clear.