A JAPANESE tourist was left disappointed when he travelled 6,000 miles to see Warrington Transporter Bridge but couldn’t find it.
Riyo Okiyam visited the town in 2014 hoping to see the bridge, which is the last remaining rail transporter bridge in the world, but could not locate it.
Last month, he contacted the Friends of Warrington Transporter Bridge to get directions as he planned to try to find it again.
Happily he succeeded on his second attempt to see the grade two listed bridge, which is a scheduled ancient monument on the English Heritage’s at-risk register.
Margaret Ingham, chair of the Friends of Warrington Transporter Bridge, said: “This shows how much Warrington needs to be made aware of the heritage we have so that visitors like Riyo will not be let down in the future.
“The Friends of Warrington Transporter Bridge are working closely with the council to find funding to preserve the bridge from external sources and are planning a big celebration for the centenary of the bridge in September 2016.”
Anyone looking to get involved in the group can attend a public meeting at the Waterside at 7.30pm on Tuesday October 27.