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Widnes and Runcorn Transporter Bridge

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c 1920

1900 The Widnes and Runcorn Bridge Co was incorporated

The Runcorn-Widnes Transporter Bridge crossed the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal linking the towns of Runcorn and Widnes. It was Britain's first transporter bridge and the largest of its type ever built in the world.

1901 It was designed by John James Webster and John T. Wood. Construction by Arrol's Bridge and Roof Co. began in December 1901 and was completed in 1905

1961 The bridge continued in use until 1961 when the Silver Jubilee Bridge, Runcorn was opened. The transporter bridge was subsequently demolished.


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