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Last Exit to Birkenhead

"We built the Mersey Tunnel, Boys

way back in 'thirty three

Dug an 'ole in the ground until we found

An 'ole called Wallasey

And the foreman cried, Come on outside

the roof is falling down

And I'm telling you Jack, we all swam back

To dear old Liverpool Town"

I wish I was back in Liverpool by Stan Kelly-Bootle

 

King George V and Queen Mary opened the Queensway Tunnel on July 14 1934.

Work was started in the 1920s and it was planned to be the longest underwater tunnel at the time. The main tunnel is 2 miles 230 yards long and there are a couple of side tunnels for different exits in Birkenhead and on the Dock Road in Liverpool.

 

Last Exit to Birkenhead

"We built the Mersey Tunnel, Boys

way back in 'thirty three

Dug an 'ole in the ground until we found

An 'ole called Wallasey

And the foreman cried, Come on outside

the roof is falling down

And I'm telling you Jack, we all swam back

To dear old Liverpool Town"

I wish I was back in Liverpool by Stan Kelly-Bootle

 

King George V and Queen Mary opened the Queensway Tunnel on July 14 1934.

Work was started in the 1920s and it was planned to be the longest underwater tunnel at the time. The main tunnel is 2 miles 230 yards long and there are a couple of side tunnels for different exits in Birkenhead and on the Dock Road in Liverpool.

 

comments (5)

  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Aug 2007, 09:03
Great picture with some movement coming out of the tunnel.

This kind of picture is difficult to take if you can't stand in the middle of the road - you have done well in maintaining perspective here.
Les Auld: Thanks Louis, appreciate the comment.
The thing that amazes me about the tunnel is how much busier it was back in the 60's. I know there is another tunnel now but you rarely have to queue at peak times. My enduring memory is coming back from North Wales on a Sunday evening and doing battle with hordes of cyclists in the tunnel. Gone however are the pale green vitrolite panels that lined the tunnel with the teams of ladies that used to keep them clean.

Interesting syntax on the sign "Keep apart two marks"

Great nostalgia and shot, Les, thanks.
Les Auld: Thanks Alistair, great memories.
Progress is an amazing thing. These days nobody thinks twice about a 2 mile tunnel, but only a few years ago it was a major accomplishment.
Les Auld: How true, times change, thanks for the comment artin.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 6 Aug 2007, 17:56
Progress indeed, Les! Great catch. (Were you in the car when you took this?)
Les Auld: Thanks Ginne, I was standing on a traffic refuge near the entrance with a couple of tunnel police looking at what I was doing.
Nice shot, Les. I can't imagine what it must have been like to be involved in it's construction. All the best, Dave
Les Auld: Appreciate the coment Dave, 1,700 men worked in the tunnel of whom 17 were killed during the work and when the two halves met in the middle they were less than an inch out.

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