Bridging the Mersey - a pictorial history

Bridging the Mersey - a pictorial history

Auteur
:   Dave Thompson
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Provincie
:   Cheshire
Land
:   United Kingdom
ISBN13
:   978-90-288-2640-3
Pagina's
:   80
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39 From bis cabin the driver of the transporter had an uninterrupted view in all directions, allowing hirn to ensure that no disruption occurred to shipping on the river and Manchester Ship Canal. However, in one incident during 1914 the car collided with the river flat 'Annie Abel'. It resulted in legal proceedings being brought against the Corporation of Widnes, but fortunately there were no injuries. The transporter car seen in this photograph is the second carriage built during the fITSt major refurbishment of the bridge in 1913.

40 A rare aerial view of Runcorn Gap, showing the transporter bridge and the railway bridge.

41 The strategie signifieanee of the transporter bridge meant that it atrracted many eelebrity passengers journeying to Liverpool, Laneashire and Cheshire. In 1913 King George V travelled over the bridge and was so intrigued by the interior of the driver's eabin that he kept his party waiting. Eventually Lord Derby, who was aeeompanying the King, reminded hirn that they were behind sehedule with the day's itinerary. The King still had mueh to learn about the workings of the earriage and took his time, apparently being faseinated by

the cabm's similarity to a ship's eabin. He returned to Widnes in 1 92 5 and, as ean be seen in this pieture posteard, made a secend visit to the driver's eabin.

42 Royal visits have always been regarded by locals as a special occasion and crowds gathered whenever members of the royal family crossed the river. This crowd has gathered in 1 958 to welcome the Queen Mother. During her visit to Widnes she spent time inspecting models and plans of the new road bridge which was then already under construction and was later to climb the transporter bridge's tower to view progress. However, due to windy weather the Queen Mother never climbed the bridge and as a conse-

quence arrived ahead of schedule at Runcorn. It is a matter of some amusement that the unsuspecting dignitaries expecting to welcome the Queen Mother to

Runcorn had sheltered from the weather in a nearby pub. Unaware that their royal guest was ahead of schedule they emerged to stampede down to Water-

100 Road, with top hats flying hither and thither as the Queen Mother's carriage came into 'doek' .

43 A charabanc outing of Conservative ladies is pictured here on the Widnes approach to the transporter in 1 920. The increasing amount of raad traffic at this time led to speed restrictions being imposed on the approach roads to the bridge. In 1920 Runcorn Urban District Council wrote to all headmasters in Runcam asking them to 'wam their scholars against the dangerous practice of following charabancs coming from the transporter bridge'.

44 In this picture from the late 1950's vehicles are

seen boarding the transporter car.

45 A Time Table for the transporter bridge published by the Widnes Corporation in 1957. The service, when working, generally operated during its 56-year history at 20minute intervals, thus allowing 10 minutes for the car to cross and discharge its load before taking on a new one. In 1907 the corporation had introduced an experimental bus service to meet with the car docking on the Widnes approach. This service ortginally used four covercd-top double deck omnibuses and was made a permanent service in 1909. It has the unique distinction of being the world's first doubledecker bus service.

TIME TABLE
WEEK DAYS
Car Leaves WIDIiES. Car Leaves RUNCORN
------_._-
a.m. nöön p.m. a.m. p.m. p.ra.
5.25 .2.0A 6.10 5.30 12.5 5.45B
5.40 p.m. 6.30 5.45 12.20 6.0
5.50 12.10 6.50 6.0 12.40 6.20
6.10 12.30 1.10 6.20 12.50 6.40
6.30 12.45 1.30 6.40 1.0 1.0
6.45 12.5; 7.50 6.50 1.20 1.20
6.55 !.l0 8.10 7.0 1.40 7.40
7.1~ 1.3, 8.30 7.15 2.0 8.0
7.30 1.50 8.50 7.40 2.20 8.20
7.50 2.10 9.10 8.0 2.40 8.40
8.10 2.30 9.30 8.15 3.0 9.0
8.20 2.50 9.50 8.25 3.20 9.20
8.30 3.10 10.10 8.40 3.40 9.40
8.50 3.30 liJ.30 9.0 4.0 10.0
9.5 3.50 10.50 9.10 4.20 10.20
9.15 4.10 H.IO 9.20 .. 4.40 10.40
9.30 4.30 11.30 9.40 4.558 11.0
9.50 4.50 10.0 5.0A 11.20
10.10 5.0B 10.20 5.5B 11.35
10.30 5.1~ 10.40 5.15B
10.50 5.20B 11.0 5.20A
11.10 5.30 11.20 5.25B
11.30 5.40B 11.40 5.35B
11.50 S.50A 11.55A 5.40A
- --- ... .. __ .. __ ....
A-Saturd3)'s Only. ß,....-..';aturdays Excepted.
SUNDAYS ~r Leavee Wldnu

9 a.Dr. .nd 9-10 a.m .? and 7eytty 20 minutu until 11.30 p.m.

~r Leaves RUNCORN 9.5 a.m. and 9.20 a.m. and every 20 mioutu unW 11.35 p.m.

ThU Time Table will be edhered to a:!I (ar a.s pcssib'e. but tbc Corpor auoa accept no responsibilît y lor a.ny errors. discrepaacies. stoppages or delays.

5. CROSSLEY. M """Ke..

BOROUGH OF WIDNES

WIDNES

Transporter Bridge

Telephoue : :-;0. :?ï4G Wid nes

Time Table

A nd List of

TOLLS

CHARGES

AND

December, 19:iï, aud unt il Iurt hcr not ice

46 In 1 957 the trip across the river cost 2d. per person per trip but at 4d wasn't so cheap ifyou transported YOUT sheep or pigs. There were 31 separate toll charges for passengers, animals and different forms of transport. The tolls shown on this page make interesting reading, but fortunately were not as complex as those shown in the original enabling Act in 1900. In those days there were 112 separate toll charges, not only for farepaying passengers but also for cockles, vinegar, nails, oranges, pianos and a host of other commodities. In fact it co st five times as much to journey across if you happened to be dead at the time: a standard adult corpse without bearers at five old pence!

WIDlIiES CORPORATION TRAlIiSPORTER BRIDGE.

UST OF TOLLS AND CHARGES

MOTOR VEH1CLES. s. d.

Motor·Cu ... ... ... ... I 0

or If carryiDg Goods, Advertising Matter,

Samples, etc. ... ... ?.. ... 1 6

COMMERCIAL VEHICLES, CARA V ANS, VANS, MOTOR COACHES, BRAKES. ESTATE CARS,

E'tC.

For each vehiele-

Not exceedlng 15 cwt. tare (empty) 1 0

or whlch together wlth load does not

exceed 1 ton 10 cwt. (gross) 1 6

Exceedlng IS cwt. but not exceedlng I Ion

5 cwt. tare {empty)... ... ... ... 1 3

or whlch together wlth load does not

exceed 2 tons 10 cwt. (gross) ... ... 2 3

Exceedlng 1 ton 5 cwt. but not exceedlng

2 Ions 10 cwt. tare (empty) ... ... ... 2 0

or which together wilh load does not

exceed 5 tons (gross) ... ... ... 3 9

Exceedlng 2 tons 10 cwt. but not exceedlng

5 tons tare (empty)... ... .... ... 3 9

or which to~ether wlth load does not

exceed 10 tons (gross) ... ... ... 7 6

Exceedlng 5 toDS but not exceedlng 6 tons

tare (empty) ...?........ 4 6

or which together wlth load does net

exceed 10 tons (gross) ... 7 6

ADDITIONAL CHARGES.

For <ach ton or part ot a ton In excess ot the

be!ore-n:ent!oned gross welghts ... ... 9

Exceedlng 6 tons but not exceedlng 10 tons

tare (no trailers ailowed) per ton or part ot

a ton (empty) '" ... 9

or which together with load does not

exceed 10 tons ... ... ... 7 6

Trailers drawn by Motor Vehieles (restrIcted

to trailer not exceeding 3 tcas wheu empty

nor 5 toas wben loaded) :-

The Ilke toils as these charged tor Moter Vehieles pursWint to the toregolng scale,

Drivers of Motor Vehiel ?.? will be required to produc:e a Co:c.signment Note sbowing the correct nett weight carried at the time oi CTossîn~. on the request of any Office< of the Bridge.

The m:LXimum Gross Weight allowed for any vehlele sIlail be 10 tons (inelusive).

WIDlIiES CORPORATION TRANSPORTER BRIDGE.

UST OF TOLLS AND CHARGES

HORSE VEHICLES.
c.l>, Shandry, GIg, or other light vehlcle 0
Cart, Lorry, or Float, whlch together wllh lts
load (lf any) does not exceed 1 ton 1 0
Every additional part ot a ton up to 10 cwt. 6
Each anima! heyond the tlrst attached to
an)' vehiele 6
PASSENGERS.
Adults (chUdren In arms on1y free) 2
Children under 14 years ot age 1
CYCLES.
One person Included 4
MOTOR CYCLES.
(Driver fr ??. ) 6
Wlth 5lde-Car (including/or three-wbeeler) 9
OTHER CHARGES.
Perambnlaton and Baby Carrio.ges 3
5maU Truck, Wheelbarrow, Handcut er other
smaU vehiel ?? loaded or empty 6
Large Handcart, Handbarrow, etc. 9
Horse, Mul e, Ass, or Head ot Cattle,
Calt, Fig, Shup (on foot) 4
Corps e, Muit (with sIx bearers) 5 3
Corpse. ChlId (wlth tour bearers) 3 0
Motor Hearse 2 3
In regard to any other artIele or thIng. snch
reasonabie toU and charge as the Corporation
may th!Dk tlt to Impost A passenger may take: luggaKt: not exceedîng 28 lb. tree.

AU previous Lists of Toli:i aad Charge! are nereby cancelled.

By Order,

S. CR05SLEY.

Man4!tF.

47 One of the tickets issued to passengers for crossing the Mersey on the Widnes Transporter Bridge.

48 Scenes of celebration in West Bank, Widnes, are seen here during the 1951 Festival of Widnes. This formed part of the nationwide Festival of Britain celebrations and Widnes Corporation decided to have the transporter bridge specially floodlit for the occasion.

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