Saturday, 28 October 2017

Mersey Tunnel

At the time of its opening The Queensway Tunnel linking Liverpool and Birkenhead under the river Mersey was the longest road tunnel in the world, a title it held for 14 years until the opening of the Vielha Tunnel in Spain in 1948, though it remained the longest underwater tunnel as of 1955. The tunnel, which cost a total of £8 million, was opened on 18 July 1934 by king George V, the opening ceremony was watched by 200,000 people. 

There were also dock exits and entrances at both ends, controlled by traffic lights..

In those days the tunnel had green toll booths at the ends, manned by attendants who handed out tickets.  

This ticket was among the possessions of my Uncle Eric.  He retained it because it was a memento of the day he came through the tunnel to Liverpool to get married at Liverpool Registry Office.


  1. liz from Kentucky30 October 2017 at 23:23

    Boy, does that take me back,especially the toll booth. Usually went by train(no car)but on the occasions we went by car I loved the fumes! At my advanced( 73 )age I can't think why. Born and grew up in West Kirby so the train was much handier. Now live outside Ft. Knox Kentucky.


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