Had seen this under various states of construction over the past few weeks of walks along the Worcester & Birmingham Canal which now passes by my house in Selly Oak on a newly created aqueduct.
We’d decided a while ago that the construction work, just south of the road bridge near University station, was not related to the construction of the nearby Selly Oak relief road and associated landscaping which includes a a new aqueduct and train bridge in the place of a former embankment.
On my last walk down the canal the main section of the new bridge was suspended parallel to the road bridge using the newly installed central support. I stopped for a while with my friend whilst we tried to work out what it was! We concluded it was some form of bridge, much too narrow to drive a car down but also probably not for pedestrians since a perfectly good footpaths lies just a couple of metres away on the existing road bridge over the canal and because of height differences on either side of the canal and train line. It is a strange and very shiny metallic contraption – pretty big if it is just going to contain a pipe. It must be transferring a lot of heat!
Last week’s photos:
The tow-path under the bridge has been blocked off by the construction of the central supporting tower so you are now required to walk on water! Well on this boom floating on the canal:
This week’s photos: