Warrington Transporter Bridge

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About Warrington Transporter Bridge

  • Body Of Water Spanned: River Mersey
  • Bridge Type: Transporter bridge
  • Locale: Warrington

The Warrington Transporter Bridge (or Bank Quay Transporter Bridge) across the River Mersey is a structural steel transporter bridge with a span of 200 feet. It is 30 feet wide, and 76 feet above high water level, with an overall length of 339 feet. It was built in 1915 and, although it has been out of use since circa 1964, it is still standing. It was designed by William Henry Hunter and built by William Arrol. It was originally one of two such bridges across the Mersey at Warrington, the other having been erected in 1905 slightly to the North of the existing bridge, and desctibed in The Engineer in 1908. A third transporter bridge over the Mersey was the Widnes-Runcorn Transporter Bridge (built in 1905). replaced in 1961. It is privately owned and was built to connect the two parts of the large chemical and soap works of Joseph Crosfield and Sons. It was originally used to carry rail vehicles up to 18 tons in weight, and was converted for road vehicles in 1940. In 1953 it was modified to carry loads of up to 30 tons. English Heritage designated the bridge as a Grade II* listed building, and as a scheduled monument. Because of its poor condition it is on their Buildings at Risk

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