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The Bridge

The Silver Jubilee Road Bridge between Runcorn and Widness spanning the Runcorn Gap, the first place where the River Mersey narrows sufficiently for a bridge crossing. It is known locally, and on the road signs, as THE BRIDGE.

The bridge was opened in 1961, built to replace an old transporter bridge. In the background can be seen the railway bridge.

The bridge is one of the largest of its kind worldwide with a main span of 330m and its crown being approximately 86m above sea level. It is the largest bridge of its type in the Uk and its proportions are approximately 2/3rds the size of the world renowned Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Painted Lime Green it takes over 40,000 litres of paint and five years to paint from end to end.

The Bridge

The Silver Jubilee Road Bridge between Runcorn and Widness spanning the Runcorn Gap, the first place where the River Mersey narrows sufficiently for a bridge crossing. It is known locally, and on the road signs, as THE BRIDGE.

The bridge was opened in 1961, built to replace an old transporter bridge. In the background can be seen the railway bridge.

The bridge is one of the largest of its kind worldwide with a main span of 330m and its crown being approximately 86m above sea level. It is the largest bridge of its type in the Uk and its proportions are approximately 2/3rds the size of the world renowned Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Painted Lime Green it takes over 40,000 litres of paint and five years to paint from end to end.

comments (10)

Fantastic image, Les. It has great strength. Works especially well in monochrome. All the best, Dave.
Les Auld: Must be all the steel, apprecaite the comment Dave.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 2 Sep 2007, 00:50
Wow, it resembles the syney harbour bridge, with that lovely curved top.
Les Auld: Too true, but a little smaller and not in such a pleasent place, thanks for the comment Aussie.
Love the curve across the top of this bridge. As ever, b/w captures all the detail beautifully. (:o)
Les Auld: Thanks Rosalyn, agree with you on B&W for this one.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 2 Sep 2007, 09:06
A total WOW, Les. All those stats boggle the mind. I'll actually be seeing the Sydney bridge next April and can hardly wait! But this one is a beaut.
Les Auld: I've driven across this bridge many times but never really gave it much though untill I went to photograph it. Thanks for the comment Ginnie, hope you enjoy Sidney, another great place to photograph.
It's very grainy - making it appear like an old photo. It works well, particularly as you haven't captured too many other things in the background that can "date" the photo. Nice job!
Les Auld: Thanks Jewlya, I suppose it could be almost any time frm the 60s onwards, thanks for commenting.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 2 Sep 2007, 17:10
Great B&W processing of a lovely bridge, Les. I like the angle of view too.
Les Auld: Thanks Kay, appreciate the comment.
I don't know this bridge, but it looks a magnificent structure. Great picture
Les Auld: Thanks William, it is quite a good bridge, not too difficult to photograph either.
Whats the best thing to come out of Runcorn?........why the Silver Jubilee Bridge, like that B/W conversion Les!
Les Auld: Thanks Max, often heard it called the Runcorn Bridge but I have been told that it is wrong to say that!
  • PhotoSam
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Sep 2007, 18:36
excellent tack sharp stuff...
Les Auld: Appreciate the comment, glad you liked it.
Very cool, looks like it's alive.
Les Auld: Does have a certain sinuous feel to it, Thanks Dave.

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