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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Please note if you are visiting the bridge from the Pink Eye building route through the works you must follow the green painted line. It has been re-painted and is now very clear.

Wishing all our supporters a Happy and Healthy 2018 and success to FOWTB with this great photo from Betty Grieve

Who remembers these? Sadly we are not in it but Newport is.

3 weeks ago

Finally able to visit on crisp winters day

A wintry photo of the bridge to wish all our Friends a Happy Christmas

Warrington transporter bridge,photographed in 1975 from the top floor of Thames Board powerhouse.The factory,near right is the British Aluminium Co.--in the distance can be seen Bold Power station,and UGB tower
This photo is courtesy of Harry Tranter. Thanks Harry