IT’S a view which will be instantly recognisable for all those commuters for whom the Grane Road is a regular part of their daily routine.

Taken in 1981 it shows construction work for what would become a bridge for the A56 Haslingden bypass. These days anyone wishing to head to Manchester or the M62 would take a left turn just before the Ford Escort in our photograph.

Looking down the hill, along the Grane Road, you can just make out the Valley Cantonese restaurant in the distance.

Our photograph was taken in August 1981 but work continued at a pace to allow the new road layout to be officially opened on October 16 the same year opening up the transport links between East Lancashire and Manchester.