Warrington Transporter Bridge

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Warrington Transporter Bridge
Other name(s) Bank Quay Transporter Bridge
Carries Vehicles
Crosses River Mersey
Locale Warrington
Owner Warrington Borough Council
Designer William Henry Hunter
Design Transporter Bridge
Material Steel
Longest span 61 m (200 ft)
Clearance below 23 m (76 ft)
Constructed by Sir William Arrol & Co.
Construction begin 1913
Opened 1916
Heritage status Grade II*
Closed 1964
Coordinates 53°23′02″N 2°36′27″W / 53.3838°N 2.6075°W / 53.3838; -2.6075Coordinates: 53°23′02″N 2°36′27″W / 53.3838°N 2.6075°W / 53.3838; -2.6075

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.[1] It is 30 feet wide, and 76 feet above high water level, with an overall length of 339 feet.[1] It was built in 1915 [1] and, although it has been out of use since about 1964, it is still standing. It was designed by William Henry Hunter and built by William Arrol.[1]

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 described in The Engineer in 1908.[2] A third transporter bridge over the Mersey was the Widnes-Runcorn Transporter Bridge (built in 1905),[3] dismantled in 1961.

It 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.[1] In 1953 it was modified to carry loads of up to 30 tons.[1]

The bridge is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building,[4] and because of its poor condition it is on their Heritage at Risk Register.[5] The bridge is protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.[6]

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  • Rennison, R.W., "Civil Engineering Heritage : Northern England", Thomas Telford Publishing, 2nd edn., 1996, ISBN 0-7277-2518-1
  • Thompson, Dave, "Bridging the Years", MailBook Publishing, 2000

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