Silver Jubilee Bridge
|Silver Jubilee Bridge|
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Lancashire • Cheshire|
The Silver Jubilee Bridge, (also known as the Runcorn-Widnes Bridge) is the largest steel arch bridge in the UK, being considerably larger than the better-known Tyne Bridge at Newcastle.
It was opened in 1961, replacing the earlier Transporter Bridge just to the east. It was originally WS2, but was widened to S4 in 1977, when it gained the name of the Silver Jubilee Bridge. At this time the junction arrangements at the Runcorn end were substantially remodelled.
It carries the A557 (formally A533) across the Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal. The main span is 1,082 feet (330 m) long and until the tolls were removed from the Erskine Bridge across the Clyde in 2006 it was the longest untolled road bridge in the UK.
In 2015 work began on the construction of the Mersey Gateway Bridge, a larger cable stayed structure that bypassed the existing bridge. The completion of the Mersey Gateway Bridge in 2018 enabled the closure of the Silver Jubilee Bridge for refurbishment. It also saw tolls imposed on both bridges, albeit with free crossings for residents of the Halton borough.