Friday, 21 September 2012

Salford Quays ahoy

The owners of the Manchester Ship Canal are expanding the amount of shipping on the waterway by building a series of new container facilities, including one in Salford.

Although referred to as the Port of Manchester, the docks on the Ship Canal that closed in 1982 were mainly in Salford rather Manchester, including those that now make up the Salford Quays shopping and leisure complex.

One of the main reasons for the closure of the docks was containerisation and while there may be some jobs created by the new scheme, it's unlikely we'll ever again see thousands of dockers manually unloading goods from the holds of ships.

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