Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Sunday Snap - the Runcorn Bridge

The Runcorn Bridge, or Silver Jubilee Bridge, spanning the Manchester Ship Canal and the estuary of the River Mersey.  It crosses what is known as the Runcorn Gap, connecting Runcorn and Widnes, extremely industrial areas and the gateway to Merseyside.

It stands 80ft high to allow for the passage of ships along the Ship Canal and opened in 1961.

I always marvel at bridges, such great feats of engineering allowing for the safe passage of what is now more than 80,000 vehicles a day.

Parallel is the Runcorn Railway Bridge, I must admit that I prefer that bridge, built in 1868, railways are far more exciting than roads. It's a beauty too and I need to work out where to stop and take a picture of it safely from. And it has a story associated with it involving the Saxon Queen Ethelfleda ....but I'll save that for another time.

Sunday Snap


bettynz said...

Since moving to New Zealand and marrying a Pom, I have quite an interest in most things Britain, especially the bridges and architecture. Lovely photo.

Ness said...

I love a bridge too and the effort and detail needed to construct one. The Tyne Bridge was one of the first photos I featured on Sunday Snap and has a similar 'Meccano' type styling. I'm very impressed at how well you captured it considering you must have been on the move at the time.

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