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Ashton Canal Bridge

Making new connections

An iconic pedestrian and cycle bridge will connect two neighbourhoods in the Ancoats district of Manchester, and join city centre walking and cycling networks together in the process


The new Ashton Canal Bridge is strategically located south of Ashton Canal Lock No.3. It will provide a link between development planned for both sides of the canal and the wider New Islington and Ancoats area, connecting the existing residential, commercial and cultural neighbourhoods with the New Islington tram stop and the wider city centre ‘Bee Network’ for walking and cycling.


The bridge and ramp alignment preserves and emphasises the unique canal-side setting, tying into the tranquil and more-human scale nature of the existing towpath and lock. The woven balustrade maximises visibility through the vertical metal members, flowing up the towpath and over the proposed bridge. Warm timber wraps around the balustrade, providing a softer leaning and handrail, with integrated lighting that guides both cyclists and pedestrians along their route.

Project details

Project name: Ashton Canal Bridge

Location: New Islington, Manchester

Value: < £20M

Scope: Architecture

Clients: Manchester City Council

Status: Live

Completion date: 2024

Contractor: AE Yates

Landscape architect: Planit