Cuerden embankment, view west, 4 October 1994

Cuerden embankment, view west (see all photos of the same view)

The site of the future Cuerden embankment - a tall earthwork wide enough to support an eight lane motorway - is here just open ground with topsoil removed. A culvert has already been mostly built, indicating the width of the base of the future embankment.

Direction of view
Structures visible

Structure 4/4a/4c (M6 interchange bridges)

Roads visible

M6 motorway

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