2017 may be the start of an exciting time for North West as the completion of the Salford Port expansion looks to restore the Manchester Ship Canal to its former glory.

In January 1894 the notorious Manchester ship canal opened; a river system expanding 36 miles, following the route of 7 different rivers. The canal originates at the Mersey estuary and travels to Salford Quays. In its time it was the largest river navigation canal in the world helping the Port of Manchester to become Britain’s third busiest port, despite the city being 40 miles inland.


7 Different Rivers

  • River Bollin
  • Glaze Brook
  • River Mersey
  • River Irwell
  • Bridgewater Canal
  • Shropshire Union Canal
  • Weaver Navigation
Over time however traffic passing through the canal declined as ships grew too large and the docks at Salford closed. But now it looks as though the historic river system has been given a new lease of life thanks to Peel Ports, who are in the midst of £138 million regeneration project.
The plans include huge redevelopment to the canal and surrounding area, with long term aims to boost capacity at the Port of Salford from 8,000 containers a year to 100,000 by 2030.


Salford Port Expansion Plans
Salford Port Expansion Plans

Peel Ports plan to expand the Port Salford creating an inland port facility on the Barton Strategic Site next to to the Manchester ship canal. Blue prints show a distribution facility with around 50,569 sq. ft. of warehouse space, 10,118 sq. ft. office space, including 81 car parking spaces and 16 trailer parking spaces.

The development sits within peel ports £50 billion ‘Atlantic gateway’ vision combing operations at the Port of Liverpool with the Manchester Ship canal to combat road congestion. The new Salford port expansion will be the UK’s first inland tin modal port facility and distribution park with terminal operations set to commence at the end of 2017.


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