Okay, before embarking on a set of reports from a tour of Merseyside, I ought to point out straight away that I'm using the term in its broadest sense, a sort of Greater Merseyside which stretches from Southport in the north, along to Warrington at its easternmost extremity. I know locals get touchy about these designations, but really, it's just an excuse to go visit some interesting bridges and lump them all together here, okay?
I think Southport Pier is the first pier that I've featured here. Is a pier a bridge? A pier is clearly bridge-like in its structural form if not in satisfying the usual definition of "spanning an obstacle". Southport Pier, however, makes the decision easy, as not only does it jut out into the sea, but part of it also spans an artificial lake. So it's definitely a bridge.
One of the methods used to help save the pier was by a campaign to sponsor the planks in the deck, the legacy of which is clearly visible via individually named plates embedded in each plank.
The pier also carries a unique battery-powered tramway, added in 2005. The links below provide far more information on the pier's history than it would be sensible to recount here.