Sunday 16 Sept 2018 | 10am – 12pm
Unravelling Spaghetti Junction
Meet: in the underpass at Salford Circus, Erdington B24 8NP
Spaghetti Junction – Gravelly Hill Interchange
Join us for a two hour walk to discover the UK’s most iconic stretch of motorway. Survey the 559 concrete columns, some reaching as high as 80ft. Marvel at the 170,000 cubic tonnes of concrete used to cover a 30-acre site just north of Birmingham city centre and the 440 workers – known as McAlpine’sFusilers – who were employed to build it. No wonder that Spaghetti Junction is in the Guinness Book of Records for being the ‘most complex motorway interchanges on the British road system’.
Do you also know about the adjacent dwarf caves? Or that Steven Spielberg’s used the location for his recent sci-fi thriller, Ready Player One? We’ll also walk along the canal towpath and visit the subterranean part of Salford Circus, where you’ll find sky blue-mosaic underpasses and a collection of mature Acer trees, whose leaves and branches move gently in the wake from the traffic above.
|Book £5 ticket
Booking required. Tickets: £5.