Merseytravel seeks memories of historic opening of Queensway Tunnel

A workman takes the strain during construction of the Queensway Tunnel

A workman takes the strain during construction of the Queensway Tunnel

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by , Geoff Barnes

Pensioners are being invited to share their memories of one of Merseyside’s most significant landmark moments – the opening of the first Mersey Tunnel.

On July 18, 1934, more than 200,000 people gathered at the Old Haymarket to watch King George V and Queen Mary officially open the 3.24km Queensway Tunnel.

Now Merseytravel wants to hear from anyone who walked through the tunnel that day; watched the royal proceedings from the side-lines, or was perhaps a member of the construction team that built the engineering marvel.

A series of activities is planned to mark the occasion, including special tunnel tours and an exhibition.

Frank Rogers, Merseytravel’s deputy chief executive, said: "I'm Liverpool born and bred, and the history of the Queensway Tunnel has always fascinated me.

“As a feat of engineering, Queensway is truly special.

"The foresight of someone in the 1920s, creating a road tunnel that can stand the demands of 21st-Century traffic, is an inspiration. It was built without many of the technical aids taken for granted today. Yet the Queensway was superbly engineered and it’s something to be celebrated.”

As part of the celebrations, Merseytravel is offering 80 free places on its unique tunnel tours on July 17 and July 19, giving visitors a behind-the-scenes look at how the tunnel works and how it was constructed.

Merseytravel chairman Cllr Liam Robinson said: "We'll be bringing some of the history back to life during this key anniversary and giving people a taster of all the work that goes into keeping the tunnel efficient and safe as a key transport route.

“We’d really like people to come along and join in the celebrations. If you have any memories we’d love you to share them with us.”

If you have any memories you’d like to share, contact Merseytravel’s Communications Team Communications@merseytravel.gov.uk or post to Corporate Communications, Merseytravel Head Office, PO BOX 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN.

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2:38pm Fri 20 Jun 14

bigfoot says...

I wonder if anyone has the document that states when it would be free!
I wonder if anyone has the document that states when it would be free! bigfoot
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3:31pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Rogers born and bred in Liverpool eh......its no wonder the residents of Wirral are stealth taxed by Miserytravel with their extortionate tunnel tolls. God help the residents of Widnes and Runcorn when they get their greedy little hands on the Mersey Gateway.
Rogers born and bred in Liverpool eh......its no wonder the residents of Wirral are stealth taxed by Miserytravel with their extortionate tunnel tolls. God help the residents of Widnes and Runcorn when they get their greedy little hands on the Mersey Gateway. Llamedos 1
  • Score: 4

8:15pm Fri 20 Jun 14

spamfiend says...

Taken from the Britain from Above website -

www.britainfromabove
.org.uk/image/eaw001
721
Taken from the Britain from Above website - www.britainfromabove .org.uk/image/eaw001 721 spamfiend
  • Score: 2

11:06am Mon 23 Jun 14

David Scott says...

Great engineering - but not being part of the national road network in 2014 is terrible economics.
Great engineering - but not being part of the national road network in 2014 is terrible economics. David Scott
  • Score: 4

1:40pm Mon 23 Jun 14

tiprat says...

Perhaps, as part of the celebrations, Merseytravel could reduce the tolls charged for a couple of weeks to that of when the tunnel was first opened
Perhaps, as part of the celebrations, Merseytravel could reduce the tolls charged for a couple of weeks to that of when the tunnel was first opened tiprat
  • Score: 2

2:21pm Wed 25 Jun 14

JADEE1 says...

mersytravel need to charge what they like for our use of both tunnels ,to line the pockets of themselves labour cllrs.& others,most get a credit card off merseytravel with a maximum credit lmit of £ 34 thousand a month,yes a month.just for sitting inn on merseytravel meetings,what is that all about ,ask your local labour cllr,,just for keeping there mouths shut about what really is going on ,its criminal,the tunnels were supposed to be free after ten years,?? meanwhile in scotland all tunnels are free inc prescriptions,& health care for the elderly,the same is true for wales,on the welsh side,its the english that are truly ripped off time & time again ,by local cllrs & mp,s ,you cud,nt make it up,& have a good look at all there expenses,there eyewatering.aswell. !!
mersytravel need to charge what they like for our use of both tunnels ,to line the pockets of themselves labour cllrs.& others,most get a credit card off merseytravel with a maximum credit lmit of £ 34 thousand a month,yes a month.just for sitting inn on merseytravel meetings,what is that all about ,ask your local labour cllr,,just for keeping there mouths shut about what really is going on ,its criminal,the tunnels were supposed to be free after ten years,?? meanwhile in scotland all tunnels are free inc prescriptions,& health care for the elderly,the same is true for wales,on the welsh side,its the english that are truly ripped off time & time again ,by local cllrs & mp,s ,you cud,nt make it up,& have a good look at all there expenses,there eyewatering.aswell. !! JADEE1
  • Score: 2

2:13pm Thu 26 Jun 14

rover600 says...

If you pop into 'BarberAnnes' in Oxton Road, they've got some great pictures on the wall of the tunnel being constructed AND of the Royal procession in Liverpool. Worth a hair cut too!
If you pop into 'BarberAnnes' in Oxton Road, they've got some great pictures on the wall of the tunnel being constructed AND of the Royal procession in Liverpool. Worth a hair cut too! rover600
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