SCRCA structure 253460: Bridge SAC/96 - Coal Road (PROW - minor road)

SCRCA Location Introduction

A short distance to the north of Dent station, Bridge SAC/96 carries a minor road (known locally as the 'Coal Road') across the Settle & Carlisle railway.

This road gets its name from the string of shallow coal pits that were located around the side of Great Knoutberry hill (above and to the east of the station). There were dozens of small pits and they all exploited a single thin seam of coal that averaged around 7 inches in thickness. The coal from these pits was useful to the local residents, but it was of very poor quality. With the arrival of the railway, better quality coal could be obtained more cheaply (and more easily) from further afield, so the Dentdale pits were quickly abandoned.

The patch of white paint on the rail-facing side of the southern parapet wall is a remnant of the time when this sections of the line was fully signalled. It improved the contrast between the red-brick structure and the red signal arm of the nearby 'down' starter signal.

253460: Bridge SAC/96 - Coal Road: Elevation view from the north east

Key details from the Location Record

Location Type
Bridge (Overline)
Location Variant
Span - Arch (multiple)
Assessment status
Current Use(s)
Railway ops
Shown on a land plan?
Construction / installation period
2: MR construction phase (1869 to 31st Dec 1876)
Distance from London St.Pancras
253 miles and 37 chains
Position relative to running lines
This location IS visible from nearby publicly accessible land.
Accessibility (ease of access)
Protection Category
Conservation Area Only
Geographic Location
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