Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look today.
Our main image this week dates back to July 1934 and the grand opening of the Queensway tunnel by King George V.
Crowds have gathered on either side of the entrance while contractors’ trucks have parked up after making an early crossing under the Mersey.
Constructed at a cost of £8 million, the tunnel took nine years to build. More than 1.2 million tons of gravel, clay and rock were excavated – much of which was used for the Otterspool Promenade.
Around 1,700 men worked on the project which proved perilous at times. Seventeen men were killed.
Once completed, the tunnel notched up a historical double for Liverpool. The Queensway was not only the world’s longest road tunnel in its time, but also the longest underwater.
Building work started in 1925 under architect Sir Basil Mott. Two pilot tunnels dug from either side of the Mersey were found to be just one inch apart when they met under the river!
The Queensway is 3.24 km long from Liverpool to Birkenhead and contains a single carriageway of four lanes, two in each direction.
By the mid-1960s, traffic had grown to such an extent that a further tunnel was needed – this time carrying the A59 between Liverpool and Wallasey.
Construction work on the 2.4 km Kingsway Tunnel started in 1966 and was completed in 1971. It was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in June 1971.
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