Ironbridge Power Station
I am very lucky to live in such a “green” area of the UK, surrounded by countryside and lovely hills to walk. A massive difference to what I left behind in my life in Lancashire. In Telford we are also surrounded by a lot of heritage, and I find that people like to talk about the history of the area.
This is partly where my blog post today brings me, to the end of an era.
Ironbridge Power Station is currently running its final hours of operation, by this time next week the power station will no longer function and it shall begin its 15 month period of decommissioning.
Construction began in 1963 and officially opened in 1967, Ironbridge Power Station was built in its location due to its close proximity of the River Severn enabling cooling water for the towers and also has a railway enabling access to regular coal deliveries.
Due to the effects on the atmosphere the power station was granted 20,000 hours of operation time in January 2008 and the power station must close by the 31st December 2015. We have all been aware that the power station is set to close this year and now we are in the final 50 hours of operation, EON except that the power station will be closed by the end of next week.
The cooling towers are such a sight and are part of the heritage of Ironbridge as you can see them from the town. It will be a shame when they are no longer there to look at.
Here are a couple of photos I have captured of the Power Station in the past.
This leads me now to my blog post, I recently found out that the cooling towers of Ironbridge Power Station were to be lit some evenings allowing people (mainly photographers) to capture the towers in their final operating hours. I headed out on a very blustery Thursday evening to photograph the towers to document the final hours.
It really does feel odd that at some point in the very near future that not only will these towers be no longer working but they will also be missing from the scenery altogether.