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Silver Jubilee Bridge

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Silver Jubilee Bridge
Location Map ( geo)
Silver Jubilee Bridge at night.jpg
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From:  Runcorn
To:  Widnes
Lancashire • Cheshire
Highway Authority
Highways England
Opening Date
Additional Information
List No:  1130421  (Grade II)
Bridge Type:  Truss Bridge
Length:  482m (1581 ft 4 in)
Height:  87m (285 ft 5 in)
Width:  16m (52 ft 6 in)
Max Span:  330m (1082 ft 8 in)
Clearance:  24m (78 ft 9 in)
On road(s)

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.

Silver Jubilee Bridge
Related Pictures
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Silver Jubilee Bridge at night.jpgRuncorn Bridge - Geograph - 1693236.jpgSilver Jubilee Bridge - Coppermine - 17806.jpgA533 over the Runcorn Gap - Coppermine - 17020.jpgSilver Jubilee South Interchange 1970 plan.png
Other nearby roads
A56 • A533 • A557 • A558 • A5126 • A5133 • B5154 • B5155 • B5310 (Cheshire) • B5438 • E22 • M56 • T58 (Britain)
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River MerseyKnightsbridge • Mersey Square Bridge • King Street West Bridge • Hollywood Way Bridge • Brinksway Bridge • M60- Cheadle Heath Bridge • Cheadle Bridge • Kingsway Bridge (Cheadle) • M60 - Northenden Bridge (2) • M60 - Northenden Bridge • Northenden Bridge • A5103 Bridge • M60 Bridge SE of Junction 7 • Crossford Bridge (Sale) • A6144 Bridge • Flixton Bridge • Warburton Bridge • Thelwall Viaduct • Kingsway Bridge • Warrington Bridge • Mersey Gateway Bridge • Silver Jubilee Bridge • Queensway Tunnel • Kingsway Tunnel

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