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Runcorn-Widnes Bridges

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January 2017. Silver Jubilee Bridge and railway bridge. Manchester Ship Canal in foreground, River Mersey beyond
January 2017. View from the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in Widnes

Four bridges connect or have connected Runcorn and Widnes:-

1866 Runcorn Railway Bridge was designed by William Baker to provide a crossing over the Mersey between Aston and Ditton for the London and North Western Railway. Contractors Brassey and Ogilvie; Cochrane and Co supplied the girders.

1900 Widnes and Runcorn Transporter Bridge. Now demolished.

1956-61 The Silver Jubilee Bridge. Structural engineers were Mott, Hay and Anderson; construction was by Dorman, Long and Co and Leonard Fairclough Ltd; the steel cable for the suspenders was supplied by Bridon International

2017 Mersey Gateway Bridge opened.

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