A Virtual Stroll Along the Mickle Trafford-Shotton Railway
Here the cycletrack on the old Mickle Trafford railway passes above the British Rail main line junction, where one branch enters Chester Station and the other sweeps west into North Wales.
Large areas of land currently lie derelict between the railway lines and West Street.
A pedestrian and cycle path could easily be provided hereabouts to allow commuters convenient access both to the station and the area around Brookside Terrace and West Street- seen in the distance- from where Hoole Road could be easily reached.
right. The handrail of a flight of steps for pedestrians may be seen on the right
and a ramp connecting the cycleway to Brook Lane is hidden behind
the bank of flowering Bay Willow Herb. How
The lady approaching us may be just the sort of person who would be nervous about cycling along the busy nearby roads, but here is allowed to travel in safety and perfect peace.
What a great pity it would be, then, if much of the idyllic scene in our picture were to be destroyed by the laying of a two-lane concrete busway along the route!...
Here is a dramatic photograph, kindly contributed by Hoole resident Ralph Hodgkinson, of the same area back on the 23rd March 1957 (at 12.52 pm!) During his working life, Ralph actually drove these mighty beasts along this line.
We can see locomotive 62669 as it roars over the bridge which crosses the Chester main line shown at the top of the page. Brook Lane can be seen on the right hand side of the picture. The industrial area beyond- an aluminium processor and switchgear factory- is now the site of the Duke's Manor housing estate..
"Being a regular user of the Sustrans cycleway, I see the many cyclists
and walkers who enjoy this tranquil space. I can let my 17-month-old son walk
on his own without any fears and see many families with young chilren who walk
and cycle free from any danger, noise or pollution.