A Virtual Stroll Along the Mickle Trafford-Shotton Railway
As you see, they are separated from the old railway by the flimsiest of fences. Would the people living here prefer walkers and cyclists passing by their windows- or the noise and vibration of buses passing by every few minutes?
The sensitive restoration of the line would provide great benefits for the residents (and their children) of homes such as these- of which there are many along the route, built upon land which became available when the railway closed down.
Here too, despite the proximity of well-maintained new housing, dumping is still very much in evidence.
We have moved a few yards further on from Church Hall Close and are looking in the other direction at the bridge carrying busy Saughall Road over the old railway.
A lot of clearance was necessary in order to construct the access ramp we see going off to the right resulting, as previously mentioned, in a certain amount of public concern. But, at the time the photograph was taken, vegetation had alread started to reclaim the bare earth and in a short time the ramp will doubless appear as if it had always been there.