Meeting of the World Association of Transporter Bridges

Sunday 26th November, 2017

Alan Ratcliffe and Margaret Ingham were invited to attend the Meeting of the World Association of Transporter Bridges in Buenos Aires as part of the celebrations of the re-opening of the La Boca transporter bridge. This is in a very poor part of the city near the Bombonera Football Stadium where Maradona played. It was an expensive (for us, not FoWTB) and a most inspiring and challenging visit.

The representatives of the bridges signed a declaration that they would approach their local and central governments to progress the remaining bridges to follow the lead of the Vizcaya bridge in Spain to become UNESCO World Heritage sites.

I gave a talk to the Congress about our bridge and they were shocked at its state of repair. Our bridge is now the only one in the world that is not operational. However, the recent Engineer's Report commissioned by WBC shows that it still has potential for restoration, should finance be found.

To my great delight, the full council meeting on October 16th has endorsed an all party motion to take forward to the Secretary of State for Digital,Culture, Media and Sport our aspirations for our bridge, together with those in Middlesbrough and Newport.

The process to produce a case for World Heritage status for the remaining seven bridges will take time and a great deal of international cooperation but it is good to have taken the first step. FOWTB hope that this will encourage companies to come forward to assist in the work to preserve and even possibly restore our unique rail transporter bridge.

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Information Board in Bank Park

Sunday 4th December, 2016

FoWTB are pleased to announce that after working closely with Warrington Borough Council, we now have an information board about the bridge in a prominent location within Bank Park!

We held a brief ceremony on a bitterly cold afternoon in Bank Park on Saturday 26th November, where the information board was unveiled by two former Crosfield Employees - Arthur Jones, who was Civil Project Engineer for the company, and Geoff Gleave, who used to service the electrics on the bridge - and our youngest supporter William Barker, aged just 14 months!

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Here is the moment the information board was unveiled...

...after which we all retreated into the warmth of the Gallery Cafe at Bank Quay House for tea/coffee and cake (the coffee is amazing from there!)

As well as the information board, the Council also very kindly approved an additional fingerpost pointing in the general direction of the bridge!

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Here we are again getting ready for Open days Sunday and Monday at Bolton Steam Museum

I am delighted to say that 4 years on a lot more people out there care about our bridge

Thanks to Mark Bromley for this latest photo.

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Path from 12 arches to transporter is very overgrown. Hard to walk it. And the hog weed is back.

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Railway points leaver for the bridge.

I will be publicising the bridge tomorrow and Monday at Bolton Steam Museum.(steaming open days) Why not come along and see some more great industrial heritage?

Must get down to visit the bridge again soon.