Stockport Council has embarked on a major project to uncover the historical Lancashire Bridge over the River Mersey, which has been concealed for nearly 80 years.

The opportunity to expose the hidden bridge arose when the Council identified some essential rehabilitation work to the eastern section of the bridge where a reinforced concrete portal structure is being partially removed. Rather than removing and replacing the reinforced concrete beams and deck, which would be a traditional approach, the Council has instead created a protected opening to allow people to enjoy a view of this impressive structure along with the River Mersey near its start.

Stockport Council is a key member of the Upper Mersey Catchment Partnership which is campaigning to make the River Mersey a more visible part of Stockport. The confluence of the Rivers Tame and Goyt in Stockport Town Centre is where the River Mersey begins. The Upper Mersey Catchment Partnership is supportive of the project which will enable people to see more of this vital river.

The original arch of the bridge was built in 1891 and is situated underneath the junction of Bridge Street and Warren Street in Stockport Town Centre, close to the start of the River Mersey.

Work started in January 2014, the bridge removal is now complete and the River Mersey can be viewed. A spokesperson for Stockport Council said they were pleased that the project “excites [people] and shows that value for money and environmental improvement can go hand in hand”.

The project has been largely funded through the Department of Transport Local Pinch Point Fund. For further details of the project and a view of detailed plans, see the Stockport Council website

Bookings are now open for workshops on the Environment Agency's consultation


We are holding a series of workshops in February and early March to help people with the consultation questions the Environment Agency is asking in the current consultation on the draft North West River Basin Management Plan. You can book your placehere.

The dates for the three workshops we are hosting are:

Upper Mersey – 25th February 2015

Alt/Crossens – 26th February 2015

Lower Mersey – 3rd March 2015

Responses to the river basin management plan consultations are to be senthere. The closing date for this is 10 April 2015

Gathering evidence from Micker Brook

After a dry October, aqautic scientists waiting for the right conditions to take water samples along the Micker Brook finally gathered the evidence they needed on a November day of heavy rain.  

Testing DUP

The aquatic biologists from APEM Ltd are discovering what's in the water that runs off the urban landscape into the 33 km stretch of the Micker Brook, a tributary of the River Mersey. This is the first part of a project that involves testing the water in the the Micker Brook, part of which is known as the Ladybrook. The 33km stretch of river runs through Hazel Grove and Bramhall then through Cheadle Hulme and Cheadle before it meets the River Mersey. Several teams of APEM's water quality specialists were out along this stretch in the rain, all at the same time to make sure the conditions were similar. The Healthy Waterways Trust was with them on the day.

The Micker Brook project received a £26,840  grant from Catchment Wise, a fund established by water company United Utilities to help catchment hosts like the Healthy Waterways Trust deliver water quality schemes.

In the second part of the project, the Healthy Waterways Trust has been engaging with locals in various ways, based on the scientists' findings.