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Silver Jubilee Bridge, Runcorn

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1955 wind tunnel model of proposed suspension bridge alongside railway bridge. Test showed that a suspension bridge would be unsuitable here, and so a through-arch bridge was built instead
1955 wind tunnel model of a section of deck for a proposed bridge. Tests showed that due to wind effects, such a bridge would be unsuitable so close to the railway bridge
Silver Jubilee Bridge, with railway bridge beyond

1956-61 Construction of this through-arch road bridge to carry the A533 over the River Mersey, connecting Runcorn and Widnes. It replaced the Widnes and Runcorn Transporter Bridge.

Structural engineers were Mott, Hay and Anderson; civil works contractor Leonard Fairclough; steelwork contractor Dorman Long; the steel cable for the suspenders was supplied by Bridon International

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Opened in 1961. It was widened in 1975-7, and was then officially named the Silver Jubilee Bridge.

It will be closed for refurbishment on completion of the Mersey Gateway Bridge, and reopened in modified form as a toll bridge.

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