Warburton Toll Bridge

Road construction, numbering, traffic signs, fantasy roads, general roads musings, road history, mapping. Discussions about driving in general are better placed in "Transport and Driving". See below for our separate forum for street furniture.

Moderator: Site Management Team

User avatar
Squadgy
Member
Posts: 617
Joined: Mon Jun 13, 2005 08:51

Warburton Toll Bridge

Postby Squadgy » Mon Jun 27, 2005 12:35

I occasionally use the toll bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal on the B5159 at Warburton, and duly pay my toll each time. However I was told by a local in a pub in nearby Lymm last night that the toll is in fact not payable for crossing the bridge over the canal, but in fact for using the bridge which crosses the old course of the river (Mersey??).

You can see the old river course on this aerial photo/map:

Map

Any truth in this ??- the smaller bridge is so small and insignificant as not to be really noticeable as you pass it.

If there is truth in it then maybe this gem is of use to some of the road trivia buffs out there !!

Steve
Ste

RickyB_uk
Member
Posts: 2993
Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2003 15:33

Postby RickyB_uk » Mon Jun 27, 2005 14:06

Yes, the toll is in fact paid for crossing the former course of the River Mersey, and not the High Level Bridge

User avatar
Richard Walker
Member
Posts: 2527
Joined: Tue Apr 26, 2005 20:02
Location: Leek.

Postby Richard Walker » Mon Jun 27, 2005 19:19

Yes, indeed. I've often travelled over that bridge when going to Leigh from Leek. It was always better than going over Thellwall during all the works.
I will not sing the chain-gang song, I will not walk the line.

User avatar
Paul
Member
Posts: 9434
Joined: Thu Jan 03, 2002 15:22
Location: Ingbirchworth/Leeds
Contact:

Postby Paul » Mon Jun 27, 2005 20:07

But the smaller bridge doesn't go over anything, unless a dried-up former course of a river counts as something!

I admit it's pretty difficult to tell on the map/aerial photo at the scale, but it can'be very big.

User avatar
Squadgy
Member
Posts: 617
Joined: Mon Jun 13, 2005 08:51

Postby Squadgy » Mon Jun 27, 2005 20:21

I admit it's pretty difficult to tell on the map/aerial photo at the scale, but it can'be very big.


No it's very small indeed, just long enough to go over the old river course. I guess there was no need for ships to pass under it either, so it's pretty much level with the road too.
Ste

User avatar
Chris5156
Assistant Site Manager
Posts: 12390
Joined: Thu Sep 06, 2001 21:50
Location: South London
Contact:

Postby Chris5156 » Mon Jun 27, 2005 20:55

Paul wrote:But the smaller bridge doesn't go over anything, unless a dried-up former course of a river counts as something!


Yes, but the Ship Canal Company will have built the high level bridge when the canal was built, whereas the bridge (and previous bridges on that site) will go back centuries.
Chris
Dogsbody and bottle-washer, CBRD.co.uk

ParaffinPower
New Member
Posts: 2
Joined: Fri Jun 24, 2005 11:17
Location: Manchester

Postby ParaffinPower » Tue Jun 28, 2005 13:38

I believe the small bridge was originally funded by the good folk of Lymm village, and this was their efforts to get the money back.


Return to “British and Irish Roads”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], ChrisH, Google [Bot], PeterA5145, rhyds, SouthWest Philip, XC70 and 8 guests