RAIL 475/250

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Operation of tramways and buses through vehicular tunnel: extracts for proceedings before parliamentary committees in 1925

Date range1925-1927
LocationNational Archives (see all files stored here)
CatalogueSee entry
File baseSeries RAIL, subseries RAIL 475


At the time the Mersey Tunnel was planned, a lower deck for tram lines was proposed and this was included in the design. It had already, theoretically, been ruled out by the time construction work started, but was retained to avoid having to re-design the tunnel.

This file documents the relentless arguing about the tramway. The short form of the story appears that Liverpool (as the main sponsor of the tunnel) wanted trams in it; the Mersey Railway Company and Birkenhead were opposed; and Liverpool didn't want it badly enough to force the issue.

It was also decided at the time not to run public buses through the tunnel, though they do run through it today.

Links to other files

MT 39/123 TUNNELS: Mersey Tunnel (1923-1928)

People with camera copies

Chris Marshall has a partial copy.