SJ5184 : Spike Island Widnes

taken 17 years ago, near to Widnes, Halton, Great Britain

Spike Island Widnes
Spike Island Widnes
Looking from the St.Helens canal Spike Island towards the River Mersey and across to the other side of the river is the Manchester Ship Canal, to the right of this picture is the Widnes Runcorn road bridge and next to that the railway bridge, both just out of sight.

Access to the river Mersey by the boats in Spike Island is still possible but as the river is tidal this is only possible with the tidal conditions.

Up until the early 1960s the river could be crossed by a few vehicles and foot passengers on the old transporter bridge. The transporter was a massive steel structured bridge high above the water, a moving platform was hung from the main structure and was pulled across the river slung some 70 feet below the main frame of the bridge. It was like a giant moving swing, and it felt like a swing whenever you travelled on it. Only a small number of vehicles could be carried on each crossing of the river, but back then the traffic requiring to cross from one bank to the other was far smaller than today's hustle & bustle.
The Transporter Bridge is reputed to have cost 126,000 pounds to build which would have been a huge amount of money in those days, and 126,000 to demolish it in the '60s.
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Tuesday, 28 December, 2004   (more nearby)
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WGS84: 53:21.3087N 2:43.8078W
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