Saturday, 20 July 2013

Meditations on Mud and Myton Bridge

One of the features of the river Hull as it approaches the Humber is the large accumulations of muddy silt on the banks. Presumably when the river was busier this would have been dredged but as hardly anything of any size now uses the river it has been left to its own devices with the result you see here. Upstream the silting means that there is barely room for one barge to navigate the channel. Clearly if the river is going to feature as an attraction this cannot go on. The mud banks are impressive but they are a worrying symptom of neglect. Understandably there is little incentive to clear up the river any  time soon but there is really no time to lose to clear up the mess that is Castle Street which crosses the river here at Myton Bridge. The Government has said the money is available and plans are being drawn up and work will start, if ever, in 2015 and last for  four years.(Imagine four years of road works on one of the busiest roads in the country, that is even now prone to gridlock at the drop of a hub cap.) I think Hull might have been consumed by the mud before that particular problem is solved.

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  1. Mud is an unfortunate result of a confluence. Not at all attractive when it reaches this stage - and probably smelly too! I like the shapes of the retaining wall.

  2. Great B&W photo, I do like Your composition!

  3. It's sad that such things are neglected and no forward thinking is done about it but your picture is quite hauntingly pretty.

  4. I have, once or twice, got the 350 bus to Scunthorpe which twists and turns through many villages on the way and at times runs parallel with the Humber. And when the tide is out you get a good view of the many mud banks along the river and the path that many of the ships and boats have to navigate on their way to Goole and elsewhere.

    Also the once proud fish docks near the Lord Line building have just about filled up with mud as has the old shipyard dock at Hessle. If some use could be made of the stuff then there would be no shortage of material.