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Written by Mark Widdop - 13 Sep 2009
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Location notes
The location is in Coventry City, in the shadows of Coventry Cities Ricoh Arena. The location is a footbridge over the Coventry - Nuneaton line.
Railway type and traffic
Traffic through this location is a mixture of passenger services between Nuneaton and Coventry normally operated by a class 153.
Freight traffic is predominatley Frieghtliners too and from the Port of Southampton. There are also occasional DB Schenker freight services over this line.
The location is a footbridge which serves the football ground and an industrial estate, the bridge is quiet and only used by a handful of people on most days. However I would strongly advise against using this location is there is football or any other event is on at the adjacent Ricoh arena. As with any urban location I would suggest a degree of awareness at all times, and would not suggest visiting the location after dark.
Road directions
From the M6, Junction 3:
Take the A444 towards Coventry, at the first roundabout turn left follow this road round the stadium, at the roundabout go straight-over and follow the road onto an entrance into some industrial premises, with a green bridge. Your car is within sight of you however it should be noted that there is a sign warning of clamping in the area. Should you not wish to take the chance. From the A444 go straight over the roundabout and turn 1st left into the Arena shopping park at the next set of lights, park in the left hand area of the car park, and walk to the delivery road at the left hand side of the car park after around 30m you will come to a footpath leaving the left hand side of the road, follow this path for around 5 minutes and you will reach the bridge.

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Coventry, Judds Lane map co-ordinates
Either park outside the industrial premises or at the Arena shopping park as directed above.
Public transport
Travel West Midlands services 4,5,36 Stagecoach services 30A and 30C and Travel de Courcey 701,703,704 all serve the Arena shopping park.
From the bus stop here walk along the front of the shopping centre to the far end of the car park, join the service road by following the wooden hoardings, on this service road a footpath leaves from the left to the location.

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The Arena shopping park has a variety of shops (Tesco, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Borders, Boots etc.) with amenities.
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Coventry, Judds Lane

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Photographic notes
The shot of choice here is the northbound shot with the football ground back drop, however the sun is less than kind to this with the shot only available in the early morning, southbound shots are available from mid afternoon onwards.
The shot distance to the M6, and the busy A444, means that this location suffers from constant background noise that may not make it suitable for videographers.

General views - All photographs © Mark Widdop unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south

Fig 1 - Looking south

Fig 2 - Looking south

Fig 2 - Looking south

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