About this object

This unique vehicle was used to clean the roof surface of the Queensway (Birkenhead) Mersey Road Tunnel from 1964 until the 1970s. It is based on a Douglas DH84 crane carrier chassis, with cleaning machinery specially designed and built at the Liverpool City Engineer’s depot at Breckside Park.

The curved ramps with rotating scrubbers matched the curvature of the tunnel roof but ramps of different curvature had to be fitted for different stretches of the tunnel, and these needed a crane to change them which made it very unwieldy to use. When the Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel opened in 1971 a more modern vehicle was commissioned.

The eight-wheeled vehicle weighs 26 tons (26 tonnes) in total. Registration number CKA155B.

Object specifics

  • Title
    Mersey Tunnel Scrubber
  • Accession no.
  • Type
    Service vehicle, tunnel cleaner
  • Artist/Maker
    Douglas Vehicles Ltd
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Gloucestershire: Cheltenham
  • Date made
  • Materials
    metal; rubber
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Measurements
    7320 x 4720 x 2500 x 7840 mm
  • Related people
    Douglas Vehicles Ltd (Artist/maker); Mersey Tunnels Joint Committee (Associated Person)
  • Collection
    From the Museum of Liverpool collections
Object view = Social History
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