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Warrington Bridge

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Warrington Bridge
Location Map ( geo)
Warrington Bridge - Geograph - 1303380.jpg
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Lancashire • Cheshire
Highway Authority
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Iron Arch Bridge
On road(s)
A49 • A5061
Crossings related to the A49

Warrington Bridge is one of two bridges where the A49 and A5061 cross the River Mersey in a gyratory system known as Bridgefoot. (Bridge Foot being the name of the Northern A5061 joining the junction, and the original crossroads junction.)

The A49 is a major route which runs between Ross-on-Wye and Bamber Bridge in Preston. The A5061 is a primary road linking the Sankey Green signalised roundabout, West of Warrington town centre, with Latchford Village and the A50, South-East of the town centre.


By the 1960s traffic levels at the original crossroads had increased to levels that the bridge and the associated Bridge Foot junction was becoming a bottleneck. Warrington County Borough first proposed a scheme in 1962 to provide a free-flow right turn from Wilson Patten Street to the bridge. This was approved in 1965 but never carried out.

The next scheme was part of the Warrington New Town proposals of the late 1960s. The consultants working on behalf of the development corporation devised a scheme that included grade separation either end of the bridge. The bridge could be reconfigured to provide five lanes. This scheme features in most material related to the new town proposals and is shown on the left below.

The County Borough produced a revised scheme with flyovers on both sides of the river along with a new bridge. This is shown on the right below.

In 1972 the New Town Development Corporation produced a report examining all past and present proposals for the bridge. It reached the conclusion that capacity should be increased to provide relief until the North-South Expressway was built which would cross the Mersey about a mile to the east. Furthermore any increase in capacity shouldn't make the bridge a more attractive proposition to through traffic than the expressway and therefore the preferred scheme consists of at-grade junctions either side of the bridge along with possible tidal flow on the bridge itself. No new bridge or grade separation would be needed.

Another twenty years were to elapse before improvements were finally made when a new bridge was built in the same place as the earlier County Borough's proposals. Both bridges became a traffic signal controlled gyratory.

Warrington Bridge
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