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Toll booth
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Warburton Bridge, officially known as Rixton and Warburton Bridge, is a privately owned statutory tolled undertaking which incorporates a public highway road length.[1] The high-level cantilever bridge crosses the Manchester Ship Canal on the B5159 road, connecting the A57 with the A6144, and was commissioned under the Rixton & Warburton Bridge Act 1863. That same Act also set a maximum charge of two shillings and six pence (12½p) for each crossing.[2]

The original stone bridge spanned the River Mersey prior to its diversion into the Manchester Ship Canal and the construction of the present-day bridge.[a]The Manchester Ship Canal was opened in 1894. Warburton is one of the few remaining pre-motorway toll bridges in the United Kingdom,[3] and the only one in Greater Manchester.[4][b]There are no such toll bridges in either Wales or Scotland.[1] The bridge is owned by the Manchester Ship Canal Company, part of the Peel Ports Group.[5]

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Department for Transport. (2014, February). Consultation: Simplifying the process for revising tolls at local tolled crossings. Retrieved from https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/285342/simplifying-process-revising-tolls.pdf
Nicholls, R. (2004). Curiosities of Greater Manchester. Sutton Publishing.
Peel Ports. (n.d.). History of Warburton Toll Bridge. Retrieved from https://www.warburtontollbridge.co.uk/history/
Peel Ports. (n.d.). Contact Us. Retrieved from https://www.warburtontollbridge.co.uk/contact-us/
Warburton, N. (1970). Warburton: The Village and the Family. Research Publishing Company.

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a. The Manchester Ship Canal was opened in 1894.
b. There are no such toll bridges in either Wales or Scotland.[1]