For those who don’t know the Furness Peninsula,Walney Channel separates Barrow-in-Furness from Walney Island.
The Duddon river flows from the north into the channel from the Estuary and south out into Morecambe Bay.
The channel’s regularly dredged to give shipping access to the Port of Barrow.
The Channel Bridge
In 1908, due to the expanding population of Walney, a bridge was constructed.
The bridge was needed to replace the steam ferry which started service on May 27th 1878.
It had to be an opening bridge to allow the passage of shipping up the channel to some of the docks.
The bridge opened on July 30th 1908 at a cost of £175,000. It operated as a toll bridge until 1935.
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