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Trans Pennine Trail Green Pastures to East Didsbury

By Gerald England

The TransPennine trail at Green Pastures, Heaton Mersey. SJ8590 : Trans Pennine Trail by Gerald England

The route is along a former railway line running from New Mills through Heaton Mersey and Chorlton-cum-Hardy to Manchester. SJ8590 : Trans Pennine Trail by Gerald England

It leads towards a tunnel under Parrs Wood Lane. SJ8590 : Trans Pennine Trail by Gerald England

Looking back here towards Green Pastures. SJ8590 : Trans Pennine Trail by Gerald England

The view from the other side of the tunnel. SJ8590 : Tunnel Under Parrs Wood Road by Gerald England

Chris Wimbush's photograph taken in January 2011 shows where the footpath used to continue along the line of the dismantled railway towards the bridge carrying Kingsway. The route has been diverted as the East Didsbury tram station at the end of the South Manchester Line LinkExternal link is being built on the site. SJ8590 : Footpath at site of East Didsbury Metrolink Station by Chris Wimbush

Here is how it looks now with construction work ongoing. The station is due to open in Summer 2013 and according to the trammstop plan LinkExternal link the route of the trail will be re-instated. SJ8590 : East Didsbury Metrolink Construction by Gerald England

Plans were originally drawn proposing a route extending the Metrolink route from East Didsbury to Stockport LinkExternal link but were withdrawn in 2004 due to lack of funding. If they are ever revived then the path under the tunnel is unlikely to look anything like it does now.

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