A Merseyside landmark has launched a bid to be named a World Heritage site.
Sankey Viaduct, also known as the nine arches, is among the oldest viaducts in the world and was opened in 1828 to provide a vital transport link on the Liverpool and Manchester line. The structure remains the only grade one listed building in St Helens, sitting in Newton-le-WIllows.
Last month the site received two plaques marking its importance to British transport heritage. This marked the start of a bid to grant the Nine Arches World Heritage status.
The campaign is backed by St Helens council, as well as local MP Conor McGinn. In a letter of support, Mr McGinn said: “Your ambition for the site to be recognised as a world heritage site is one I and many others share. It is a challenging process but one I know that can be achieved and is surely deserved.”
The campaign is led by Barrie Pennington and John Tabern, members of the St Helens Town Deal Board.