I’ve had some fascinating images sent in to the blog by regular reader Robert Sault, taken at the turn of the millennium as the M6 Toll motorway was being built trough our area.
These are a remarkable selection from what Robert describes as a much larger collection, and are notable for the fact that these must have been aerial images from an aircraft, as drone photography wasn’t around twenty years ago.
Robert Sault said:
While having a tidy up I came across a disc containing photographs of various stages of construction of the M6 Toll.
There are dated aerial shots referenced to their section and random structures, holes in ground, watercourses etc.
Obviously some are on our local patch and I’ve included a few for you to gander.
I’d be fascinated to see more and I’ll certainly be in touch with Robert about this collection in the near future – Considering that by this stage I had a digital camera, I took next to no photos of this construction at all and I really have no idea as to why not. A lot of it seems to have passed me by at the time, which is something I’ll always regret.
From comments he’s posted in the past, I believe Robert worked on the construction of the motorway which was not without controversy and I’ve covered before here several times.
The image above shows the southern shore of Chasewater from the west looking towards Hammerwich. The route of the motorway can clearly be seen bisecting Hendnesford Road, Pool Lane and Wharf Lane. Note the lost Pear Tree Cottage pub bottom centre left, and the totally different road layout pithing Chasewater Park.
The construction cuts Wharf Lane in two in this aerial shot of the Anglesey Branch, and a temporary bridge is installed for heavy construction traffic. Construction of the canal flyover is well underway.
The old motocross track in the former quarry has been destroyed.
This one took me a while. This is the Chase Road flyover and new motorway construction again from the west, looking northeast. The Triangle is top left and the outlines of the future intersection and islands can bee seen. The stub of Green Lane, lined with tall trees, would remain truncated.
That’s clearly Hammerwich Church in the background to the shot of concrete being poured; I’d say this is on the region of the flyover in the previous image on Chase Road, but I could be wrong.
I’m n ot sure if this is the flyover above of not; it’s datestamped earlier, March rather than April 2002 and yet the guard rails in the preceding picture are temporary scaffold.
My thanks to Robert for sharing these remarkable images – this is most generous and will help to fill a gap only so far really covered by the wonderful Wendy Jones in her set from the period, which remains very popular – you can see that one here.
Anything to add, or memories you’ve resisted? Comment here, mail me open BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com or hit me up on social media. Lets see what we can recall!
it is so remarkable how something seems so recent to some of us passes into history. I’ve not become one of those old men who can say “I remember when…” ! Seems like five minutes ago since my idiot of a smelly brother was up a tree protesting about the construction of BNRR as it was called then! Ace pictures and another brilliant contribution to local history. Thank you Mr Bob.
The picture of the bridge with hammerwich church in the background is the railway bridge being built over the Toll road. You can see the tracks stacked up in the background.
Another fascinating post! I think the last image shows the viaduct carrying the railway over the motorway (in Google Earth drop the little man onto the west-bound carriageway).
I walked along the stub of Green Lane a few times. It can be quite good for a range of wild flora and fauna.
Pretty sure second photo is taken from the bridge constructed for the South Staffs railway looking from Anglesea Sidings towards Hammerwich. The third shot is the same bridge looking towards Chasewater. This bridge, together with the Lichfield South by-pass bridge, are money well spent as the by-pass bridge has never had a train run over it and the orbital bridge saw very little use !! Trains to the oil terminal had ceased on the 17th May 2001. It was, however, used by one passenger train a Hertfordshire Rail Tour “The Three Spires” which ran to the buffer stops at Anglesea on 31st August 2002. Between May and Aug 2002 the line had been servered for the construction of this bridge. Afterwards, the only traffic was maintenance – I’ve never seen any details of locos, and the famous Quattro “escape”.
Should have said last two photos
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