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Written by Bevan Price - 06 Jul 2007
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Location notes
An over bridge in Barrows Green Road, about 1 mile east of Widnes station, on the CLC* route between Liverpool and Manchester.

*CLC was the Cheshire Lines Committee Railway, jointly owned by the Great Central, Great Northern & Midland Railways, & later by the LNER and LMSR. They built the line between Liverpool Central and Manchester Central, plus other lines such as Manchester / Altrincham to Northwich and Chester Northgate. The remaining parts of these railways are still known locally as the CLC .
Railway type and traffic
Regular passenger services are all worked by DMUs, with Trans Pennine Class 185, Central Trains Class 158 or 170, and Northern Rail Class 142 or 150, with an occasional Class 156.
On very rare occasions, freight services and Class 57/3-hauled Pendolinos may be diverted via this route due to engineering work on sections of the WCML.
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RTT Link Widnes, Barrows Green Lane
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Near the boundary between urban and rural areas at the north-eastern edge of Widnes.
Road directions
Barrows Green Road links the A562 and A5080 roads about 1.5 miles NE of Widnes town centre. From the M62, use exit 7 and take the A557 towards Widnes. Take the A5080 exit from this road and follow the signs for Warrington. Barrows Green Road in on the right after about mile. From Warrington, head west on the A562 then head onto the A5080. Barrows Green Road is on the left, about mile after passing under the railway bridge over the A5080. From Runcorn and Widnes, take the A557 then the A562 towards Warrington, joining Barrows Green Road at a roundabout about 1 miles from Widnes town centre.

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Widnes, Barrows Green Lane map co-ordinates
There is a small car park in a Woodland Park on the east side of Barrows Green Road.
Public transport
It is a long, indirect walk from Widnes station - use of a streetmap is recommended. (Not tested, but probably about 30 minutes).
Halton Transport runs some buses between Widnes town centre (Market) and Barrows Green Road.

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The main facilities are in Widnes town centre, but some small shops may be found in nearby housing areas.
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Widnes, Barrows Green Lane

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Photographic notes
The sun is best placed for eastbound trains in the morning and westbound trains in the afternoon. Trees shade parts of the cutting on the west side of the bridge, especially in winter when the sun is low in the sky.

General views - All photographs © Bevan Price unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east

Fig 1 - Looking east

From the over bridge.

Fig 2 - Looking west

Fig 2 - Looking west

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