First Impressions
No. 01 - Part 03 - Millership Way
w/e 08 March 2009
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Wentworth Street

Continuing our walk along Millership Way, we can now look over the signs of industry and along the whole length of Wentworth Street to another industrial area at Ilkeston Junction.
Two Bridges

Turning to view our route along Millership Way, we can see in this view the parapets of two of the three new bridges necessitated by the building of the road. The nearer one in this view is over the River Erewash.
River Erewash

The construction of the road has also affected the immediate surrounding area where a previously overgrown plot has been landscaped and footpaths renewed. I believe a fourth new bridge, the Landscaped areablue footbridge over the river, has also been constructed to replace an older one. Although covered in mud at the moment the area should develop into a pleasant pedestrian route linking Millership Way with Station Road. The small image (left) shows the continuation of the area to the right of the image above. Ilkeston Junction is one of the lowest lying areas of the town and sitting alongside the River Erewash makes it one of the few parts of Ilkeston susceptible to flooding. The mix of residential properties and small business premises means that any overflowing of the river impacts all parts of the community although the flood banks should minimise the problem.
View To Awsworth

To the north of the new road, the river meanders through the low lying land and the village of Awsworth can be seen on the hillside in the distance. The white cottages left of centre in the middle distance are the Foundry Houses off the Awsworth bypass and a closer picture of them can be seen on this page.

Also to the north of Millership Way as we approach the third bridge is a view along the Erewash Canal and the cottages seen here are marked on old maps quite appropriately as Canal Side.
Erewash Canal

Commemorative PlaqueThe third bridge in fact crosses the canal where, back on the south side of Millership Way, an overflow outlet that leads to the river can be seen. The old footbridge on the left of the picture leads from the canal towpath to the Wash Meadow Play Area from where another new path links to Millership Way. The new road bridge over the canal bears a plaque (left) commemorating the official opening of the A6096 Ilkeston to Awsworth link road on 19th December 2008 by the Secretary of State for Transport, the Right Hon. Geoff Hoon MP and Cabinet Member of Derbyshire County Council, Councillor Brian Lucas.

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