First Impressions
No. 01 - Part 02 - Millership Way
w/e 01 February 2009
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Protected Saplings

Part 1 took us from the approaches to the part of Ilkeston known as Ilkeston Junction from Awsworth and Cossall onto the new link road called Millership Way. As we start our walk along the road, one of the first things that catches the eye is the number of young trees that have been planted on the embankment. There must be literally hundreds of these saplings all protected and supported by plastic tubes and sheeting on both sides of the road. In the fullness of time, these trees should grow to shield the road and obscure the views but for the moment they stand in rows like a battalion of soldiers ready to march.
Railway Bridge

The construction of the link road has necessitated the building of three new bridges and the first one we reach is over the railway lines. For much of its length the River Erewash is the boundary between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire but at Ilkeston Junction, the boundary has been realigned to include a portion of land to the east of the river so once we have crossed this bridge we will also have crossed the county boundary into Derbyshire.
The Railway South

Looking south from the railway bridge there are at least three things worth mentioning. They are the slag heap of the former Cossall Colliery which for a time was used as a ski slope; the space between the tracks where Ilkeston Junction Station once stood and from which the area takes its name and the narrow bridge that was the main route into Ilkeston until the construction of Millership Way. In fact that bridge is actually two adjacent parallel bridges, one for vehicular traffic and another this side for pedestrians.
The Railway North

To the north along the Erewash Valley the tracks that were originally the Midland Railway can be seen coming together as they leave the station site whilst in the distance is the Bennerley Viaduct which carried the Great Northern Railway across the valley.
Millership Way

The new link road roughly follows the route that a branch line from the Midland Railway took into the Town Station at the bottom of Bath Street. This view from the north side of the road also shows that, except at the bridge positions, only the south side is tarmaced as a foot and cycle path. To the left of the picture both the tower of St Mary's and the spire of the URC can be picked out on the skyline whilst the large warehouse-like buildings are the units on the Waterside Retail Park off Station Road.
Ilkeston Junction

Crossing back to the south side another look from close to the railway bridge shows a pond that has been unnoticed for many years as it was not generally visible from the usual routes into town. We can also see the large factory building that now houses the Armstrong Mill retail outlet and another large lorry heading for the old narrow bridge. Although Millership Way is taking some traffic off the Station Road route to and from the Awsworth bypass I do wonder if it will ever succeed in reducing it to any significant levels. Delivery vehicles and customers are still going to use Station Road to access the industrial and retail units at Ilkeston Junction.
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