OPEN­ING OF RUNCORN RAIL­WAY BRIDGE

150 years ago

Cheshire Life - - Nostalgia -

Stand­ing on the Mersey es­tu­ary, the his­tory of Runcorn is, in­evitably, also a his­tory of bridge-build­ing. The bridge which brought the rail­way across that river was first con­ceived in an Act of Par­lia­ment in 1846, but it was 1864 be­fore work be­gan, and it was Oc­to­ber 10 1868 when the first traf­fic passed over the bridge. Still go­ing strong to­day - though per­haps over­shad­owed in style by the nearby Sil­ver Ju­bilee Bridge - the 150-year-old rail bridge has lat­terly un­der­gone an ex­ten­sive re­fur­bish­ment. In a place not short of bridges, the rail bridge, con­fus­ingly, goes by dif­fer­ent names, in­clud­ing the Bri­tan­nia Bridge and the Queen Ethelfleda Viaduct.

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