This great structure dominates the town and has become a well known landmark. Built in 1840, it is listed Grade II*.
Period of construction:
1800 - 1849
Transport Trust plaque:
The Stockport Viaduct is a Grade II* listed structure designed by George Watson Buck. 33.85 metres (111.1 ft) high, Stockport's railway viaduct is one of western Europe's biggest brick structures and represents a major feat of Victorian engineering. Completed in 1840, it was the largest in the world at the time of its construction and a key pioneering structure of the early railway age.
The viaduct underwent a programme of restoration in 1989, costing Â£3 million. The process included adding floodlights to the structure. In 2007 Stockport council complained about plans by the train operator Arriva Cross Country to reduce by 50% the number of Manchester to Birmingham trains stopping at Stockport. Councillor David White claimed that the 1840 enabling Act of Parliament guaranteed that all trains passing over the viaduct had to
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Visible at all times and illuminated at night.
How To Find:
By Road: Impossible to miss, it dominates Stockport.
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