1st Mersey Tunnel 80th Birthday – Queensway

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-28372224

The BBC has the story – see link above. The 80th anniversary of the opening of the Queensway tunnel is being marked.

Merseytravel produced a booklet about both Tunnels about 10 years ago. This is the front page of it.

Merseytravel produced a booklet about both Tunnels about 10 years ago. This is the front page.

The 2.13 mile (3.4 km) tunnel linking Liverpool and Birkenhead was opened by King George V on 18 July 1934.

Another page from the Merseytravel booklet gives  some fascinating facts about the Queensway Tunnel

Another page from the Merseytravel booklet gives some fascinating facts about the Queensway Tunnel. Click to enlarge

It was the first road tunnel under the River Mersey and took almost nine years to build.

This reminded me of the 2nd Tunnel being opened in 1971 when I walked through it with my parents gathering autographs of the people who worked on it. Here are a couple of interesting photos of that event:-

This is the front page of the booklet produced to celebrate  of the opening of Kingsway Tunnel

This is the front page of the booklet produced to celebrate of the opening of Kingsway Tunnel

These are the tickets my family were given when we walked through the new (2nd) Tunnel in 1971

These are the tickets my family were given when we walked through the new (2nd) Tunnel in 1971