Warrington Transporter Bridge

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Warrington Transporter Bridge
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
Carries Vehicles
Crosses River Mersey
Locale Warrington
Other name(s) Bank Quay Transporter Bridge
Owner Warrington Borough Council
Heritage status Grade II*
Design Transporter Bridge
Material Steel
Longest span 61 m (200 ft)
Clearance below 23 m (76 ft)
Designer William Henry Hunter
Constructed by Sir William Arrol & Co.
Construction begin 1913
Opened 1916
Closed 1964

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 recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated 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] A local group has been formed (April 2015) 'Friends of Warrington Transporter Bridge' to act as the independent voice of the bridge. It is liaising with other interest groups to safeguard the bridge's industrial heritage status.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Rennison, p. 267
  2. ^ "A New Transporter Bridge at Warrington" (PDF), The Engineer, 3 April 1908: 341, retrieved 1 December 2012 
  3. ^ Thompson, p. 30
  4. ^ Historic England, "Transporter Bridge to part of Joseph Crosfield and Sons Ltd's works, Warrington (1139433)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 28 August 2012 
  5. ^ Bank Quay Transporter Bridge, Warrington, English Heritage, retrieved 28 August 2012 
  6. ^ Historic England, "Bank Quay Transporter Bridge, Warrington (1006768)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 28 August 2012 
  • 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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