Silver Service (the Silver Jubilee Bridge, Runcorn)

While staying in Britain (and while the author is currently on vacation for the rest of the week), we will have a look at this bridge: the Silver Jubilee Bridge, spanning the River Mersey in northwestern England. While the bridges of London, Manchester and Oxford as well as the aforementioned bridges in England plus another bridge to be profiled soon have received a lot of publicity, this steel through arch bridge, built in 1961, is the largest of its kind in Europe. Read more about the history and its significance here. Enjoy! 🙂

The Beauty of Transport

Let’s do a bridge. It’s easy to like bridges, and it’s easy to see that they can make the world a more beautiful place. That said, some recent bridges have rather let the side down. The best place to see the Medway Viaduct on Britain’s High Speed 1 railway line, for instance, is from the inside of a train. That way, you get the very impressive view without it being spoiled by having to look at the bridge itself, which is crushingly unexciting considering that it’s supposed to be one of the world’s longest high speed rail bridges, and is on the UK’s first high speed line.

Instead, let’s turn our attention to one of Britain’s more overlooked, but nevertheless extremely attractive, bridges. You’ll find it in the rather unlikely surroundings of Runcorn, north-west England

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