Three strange river crossings

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Over the Manchester Ship Canal, you'll find the Hulmes Ferry, the Thelwall Ferry, and the Warburton Toll Bridge. They're all strange in their own way, all under the control of one company, and all dating back to old laws and legal documents from a hundred years ago. I was in the area, so I stopped by, and found that things might be changing soon.

Manchester Ship Canal Act (1885)
Rixton and Warburton Bridge Act (1863)
(NOTE: it looks like permission for the toll bridge was set up by the 1863 Act, but that was a different bridge over the River Mersey, and the laws and permissions were transferred over to the Ship Canal when they needed a bigger bridge and it is a complete mess of legal wrangling. As it doesn't affect the final story, I quietly elided that whole section because it was far too dull!)

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And thanks in particular to Stuart at the Hulmes Ferry for friendly conversation when I arrived!

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  1. Tom Scott
    Tom Scott
    16 päeva tagasi

    As always, the references I used for the video are in the description! I'm worried that I've messed up some minor point of law - and I did gloss over some nuance, you can see that in the description - but I'm as sure as I can be.

    1. BRICHIE
      2 päeva tagasi

      Can you tell us why u wear same maroon tshirt for so long? I mean your last video I saw was "Can you remove fingerprint from pineapple" and I was quite amazed that u were wearing the same marron t-shirt that u have in this video.

    2. SixOThree
      3 päeva tagasi

      @J J His respect for information and correctness is admirable. The world is a better place with Tom Scott in it. At least my world is a better place with Tom Scott EEpulse videos in it. Even short simple videos like this one.

    3. Mike
      5 päeva tagasi


    4. Sam K
      Sam K
      6 päeva tagasi

      @Chris C @Tom Scott I do believe that what Chris said about the bridge across the original course of the river is correct.

    5. elbob086
      6 päeva tagasi

      Good old warbi Bridge never seen a single bit of maintenance going there

  2. Sparkey Jones
    Sparkey Jones
    44 minutit tagasi

    I don't know who you are, but your enthusiasm is infectious. Subscribed, and looking forward to more content.

  3. Colby Grimm
    Colby Grimm
    5 tundi tagasi

    multi billion dollar corporations write the law not the government.

  4. qactustick
    7 tundi tagasi

    Forgive me, but that Thelwall 'ferry' looks like it can support neither vehicles nor 15 tons as required by the law. It's just a rowboat!

  5. Shaggy C
    Shaggy C
    8 tundi tagasi

    When it costs more to collect the money, you should either raise the rate or get rid of the toll.

  6. The Ludonarrian
    The Ludonarrian
    11 tundi tagasi

    You have an amazing ability to make boring things incredibly interesting and entertaining.

  7. Sir Jaojao
    Sir Jaojao
    14 tundi tagasi

    It would be really fun to visit these places!

  8. True River
    True River
    16 tundi tagasi

    I have been across that bridge on a motorbike

  9. True River
    True River
    16 tundi tagasi

    Correction: the canal does not quite reach Manchester but ends in Salford, just West of Manchester. Salford ppl are quite particular that (despite the M5 postcod) Salford is a separate city in its own right.

  10. True River
    True River
    16 tundi tagasi

    Just come from the Nuremburgring video. That is another Tom Scott on a toll road one. Not much difference really...

  11. rualert
    18 tundi tagasi

    I would think that, if the ferry is a 'public utility' - although privately owned - the owners of that utility would be required to respond to any reasonable inquiry from the public.

  12. Ophidahlia
    20 tundi tagasi

    Only Tom could make a tiny metal rowboat and a pocket-change toll on an old bridge this fascinating

  13. Joanna
    23 tundi tagasi

    the road toll to make up for their corruption

  14. Donavan B LoForte RPN, RCRT, LCRT
    Donavan B LoForte RPN, RCRT, LCRT
    Päev tagasi


  15. nzlemming
    Päev tagasi

    You anarchist, you.

    1. Joanna
      23 tundi tagasi

      grumbling about the 12p toll!

  16. MISTER
    Päev tagasi

    Can you do a video on why dutch canals are better then english canals

  17. Nerte
    Päev tagasi

    As a fellow european, I think it's more mind-blowing that there's an actual fee, not that it's so cheap.

  18. snow man333
    snow man333
    Päev tagasi

    ship canal? with no ships?

  19. lewis silk
    lewis silk
    Päev tagasi

    They have a toll Bridge just like this in oxford over the Thames which costs 5p a crossing and causes massive queues. Was always kids from school working the booth when we drove over

  20. olly hp
    olly hp
    Päev tagasi

    Can’t believe Tom Scott came to my sleepy little town and I didn’t even know about it.

  21. Naud van Dalen
    Naud van Dalen
    Päev tagasi

    12 pence is way more reasonable than 15 pounds for a small bridge since most bridges are free and you only pay a few pence per kilometer in taxes.

  22. Richard Jack Lewis ll
    Richard Jack Lewis ll
    Päev tagasi

    Very intriguing

  23. Will Datsun
    Will Datsun
    Päev tagasi

    Peel could afford to just replace the bridge and scrap the toll.

  24. Kort Walsh
    Kort Walsh
    Päev tagasi

    Here here. More strange expenses for locals paid by billionaire corporate entities. Why not!?

  25. Duckbilled Walrus
    Duckbilled Walrus
    Päev tagasi

    They'll make a lot more than £0.12 per crossing due to people not having the right change. I wouldn't be surprised if plenty of people put £1 in the pot already because they didn't have any other change available

  26. Ptao Tom
    Ptao Tom
    Päev tagasi

    this being a perfect example - "it'd be more annoying to change in that continue putting up with it". How brilliantly British.

  27. lee a dorney
    lee a dorney
    Päev tagasi

    Cycles go free

  28. Prjndigo
    2 päeva tagasi

    The Peel group is not allowed to refuse interviews and meetings for any reason; to do so would void their charter. Don't put up with their crap. Find someone on the canal who would like to set up a ferry and pony the cost of a boat then request a meeting with Peel.

    1. Ptao Tom
      Ptao Tom
      Päev tagasi

      How do you look so old?

  29. Traugott Müller
    Traugott Müller
    2 päeva tagasi

    If I was living anywhere near Hulmes, I'd made sure to use that Ferry at least once a week.

  30. Katie Sutton
    Katie Sutton
    2 päeva tagasi

    I once learned can part-pay the Warby bridge staff in Haribo if you only have 10p. Also: one of my favourite things in summer is to cycle past motorists with their windows down grumbling about the 12p toll!

  31. Ruth Hennell
    Ruth Hennell
    2 päeva tagasi

    you should check out the Newport transporter bridge!

  32. Jack Mathieson
    Jack Mathieson
    2 päeva tagasi

    I think I drove over the Warburton till bridge a few months ago without knowing it was there beforehand! I was a bit confused and I didn't have any change and went over for free 😂

  33. Dave Rome
    Dave Rome
    2 päeva tagasi

    Never once paid on the Warburton bridge 😂😂 just drive through and flick then the bird 😂😂😂

  34. Jagar CogHeart
    Jagar CogHeart
    2 päeva tagasi

    someone must have a fear of bridges. only option then is the ferry.

  35. Lezley Mackrel
    Lezley Mackrel
    2 päeva tagasi

    The Warburton bridge toll booth got burned down a few years back, probably because the queues were a joke. Sadly they rebuilt it

  36. Barry Wood
    Barry Wood
    2 päeva tagasi

    He's an excellent speaker. I wish I could borrow his voice for my interview this week. I'd get the job for sure!

  37. WindyJAMiller
    2 päeva tagasi


  38. thumbwarriordx
    2 päeva tagasi

    If EEpulse were running the ferries they would simply be moved 100 yards upstream and then camouflaged. Discontinued 3 years later citing low usage.

  39. Steve Jones
    Steve Jones
    2 päeva tagasi

    12p for a car crossing? That's a rip-off; the Swinford Toll Bridge over the Thames in Oxfordshire, not too far from where I live charges 5p (reputedly the lowest such toll charge in the UK). However, it's 10,000 crossing a day, and it seems to be enough that somebody paid £1.08 million pounds for it in 2009.

  40. hen ko
    hen ko
    2 päeva tagasi

    Tom peels back the curtain on river/canal crossings exposing the minutiae of a large corporations responsibilities involved in getting the people to the other side.

  41. Mateus Figueiredo
    Mateus Figueiredo
    2 päeva tagasi

    In the end laws are just words on paper. They don't hold up if someone doesn't enforce them.

  42. Drew
    2 päeva tagasi

    This video has 36M views.

    1. hen ko
      hen ko
      2 päeva tagasi

      You should try Bucklebury Ferry, near the village of Bree. The inn there is awesome as well.

  43. Rat Man
    Rat Man
    2 päeva tagasi

    How do you look so old?

  44. Prem Raghvani
    Prem Raghvani
    2 päeva tagasi

    Welcome to Manchester!

  45. Menno Lente
    Menno Lente
    2 päeva tagasi

    12p toll? Sounds like a ferry tale to me!

  46. Joe Pereira
    Joe Pereira
    2 päeva tagasi

    I feel as though Tom and Adam C would get on well

  47. AJGeeTV
    3 päeva tagasi

    Thanks for this video, Tom. I don't live far from the ship canal and in my 57 years I'd never heard of the ferries until now. Our family will be using them in the next week or two, just for fun...

  48. luke cheung
    luke cheung
    3 päeva tagasi

    The Warburton bridge toll isn't the big bridge in view, its of the small bridge the toll is situated on

  49. noname atall
    noname atall
    3 päeva tagasi

    billion dollar corporations should not be allowed to exist under any circumstance.

  50. Curious Crandall
    Curious Crandall
    3 päeva tagasi

    Consultation closed end or August :-(

  51. Moto Jay
    Moto Jay
    3 päeva tagasi

    Damn Tom was in my neck of the woods!

  52. Taylor
    3 päeva tagasi

    I think you’ve missed one of the most unique ones. The hand cranked ferry in Stratford Upon Avon. It seems to run whenever required - I think it’s 183 years or so old. Still running £1 per person.

  53. Brady Lillington
    Brady Lillington
    3 päeva tagasi

    You should do a video on the Sandbanks Ferry, similarly an Act of Parliament. One of the most expensive, if not the most expensive chain driven ferry in Europe

  54. mario sarmientos
    mario sarmientos
    3 päeva tagasi

    We from Latin America who have crossed a river with our cars in a tire-based improvised boat: not impressed.

  55. BcA - Biciclind cu Axel
    BcA - Biciclind cu Axel
    3 päeva tagasi

    Island of Muppets

  56. stevieinselby
    3 päeva tagasi

    The Warburton Bridge is important because - apart from motorways and railways - the nearest other bridges are 6 miles in one direction (Salford Gateway) and 5 miles in the other (Warrington). It reminds me of Aldwark Bridge, north of York, where there is an even longer section of unbridged river apart from this one shonky wooden bridge on a minor lane, that has a toll of 40p (it was 20p when I used to use it back in 2003), and the owner is currently in a legal battle with residents to increase it to 80p to cover the costs of repair work.

  57. Storm Bowman
    Storm Bowman
    3 päeva tagasi

    You should try Bucklebury Ferry, near the village of Bree. The inn there is awesome as well.

  58. Ted Ned
    Ted Ned
    3 päeva tagasi

    Thats exactly what they are doing on the narrows bridge in Washington state....... its been paid for for 10 years now, but they keep raising the toll....... all they see it as is one big cash grab....

  59. Lawkeye
    3 päeva tagasi

    you're so similar to Joe Jenkins. like a future version

  60. Sam Findlay
    Sam Findlay
    3 päeva tagasi

    This is the most British video Ive ever seen

  61. Ethan Bennett
    Ethan Bennett
    3 päeva tagasi

    apparently the big bridge is NOT actually the toll bridge. the actual toll bridge is a much smaller bridge crossing over a stream that a farmer owns. some of the drone shots might show it

  62. Funny Memes
    Funny Memes
    3 päeva tagasi

    Tom and his quirky stuff.

  63. Adolfo Sanpedro Gante
    Adolfo Sanpedro Gante
    3 päeva tagasi

    I don't know Tom "Three Curious Canal Crossings" sounds better to me.

  64. Nicholas Diehl
    Nicholas Diehl
    3 päeva tagasi

    But that's super cool so u can go out on a ferry at 12am

  65. Martin Danuschewske
    Martin Danuschewske
    3 päeva tagasi

    In Switzerland is a little ferryboat at the river Rhine. The place is called "Buchberg" and you can call out a request to cross the Rhine by banging a piece of Metal against a piece of an old railroad track. Then someone comes from the other side to pick you up. But only if someone is there. I don't remember any workinghours. Quite amusing experience though.

  66. Zaru noi
    Zaru noi
    3 päeva tagasi

    Are you sure cyclists use it? It doesn't look very cyclist friendly with it not having an easy way to get your bike on

  67. Joshua Collins
    Joshua Collins
    3 päeva tagasi

    People in general would realize that some things are just more easily dealt with than fighting. Day to day, I see people getting worked up & making a fuss over the smallest of inconveniences.

  68. MrHuwPowell
    3 päeva tagasi

    Too bad you didn’t check out Whitney toll bridge.

  69. Zenpai
    3 päeva tagasi

    I really enjoy the improvised videos you make!

  70. G G
    G G
    3 päeva tagasi

    It will be Thelwall ferry, as in Thelwall Viaduct.

    3 päeva tagasi

    Weird Stuff. However. Its more about tourism noe not about ferry service itself.

  72. SpartiuS94
    3 päeva tagasi

    Company running the bridge: if we go a bit silently about it, we could raise it to 1 pound and make over a million in revenue per year. Tom: No, I don't think you will.

  73. Dan Horro
    Dan Horro
    4 päeva tagasi

    Had to cross that bridge a few months ago was very confused as to why there was a 12p toll, now I know!

  74. Hugh Wright
    Hugh Wright
    4 päeva tagasi

    Sometimes residents near the Warburton Bridge will give the toll booth feller a few quid and tell him to let the next few cars through to alleviate traffic. Might've beeb what happened to you.

  75. Hugh Wright
    Hugh Wright
    4 päeva tagasi

    Wahey, the Irlam ferry!

  76. Theo's Epic Videos
    Theo's Epic Videos
    4 päeva tagasi

    There's this quirky multi-billion dollar company in Texas at Boca Chica... They're buidling these big people transport rockets.

  77. vp 787
    vp 787
    4 päeva tagasi

    Could you please talk about the Australian Identify and Disrupt Bill. It allows police unparalleled power over Australians online accounts. Allowing them to access an account on "suspected criminal activities", They can look at, edit, delete, and post things from this account.

  78. happy little clam feet
    happy little clam feet
    4 päeva tagasi

    A couple of curious canal crossings

  79. willie Thomson
    willie Thomson
    4 päeva tagasi

    My fave bridge

  80. NotPenguinFrog
    4 päeva tagasi

    I lived around there and that small boat has never been open I've been down there many times and it's never open and I never knew about that motor boat crossing

  81. Gallaelwyd -
    Gallaelwyd -
    4 päeva tagasi

    Peel Holdings are scarily huge. They sometimes build without a buyer on the other end for what seems like a "cause we can" scenario (or maybe there's more to it). But they're also responsible for buying up almost every piece of green land and open space protected in some way or not to build shoddily made and overpriced houses (which the government calls 'affordable') on land not fit for purpose (huge mining culture and subsequently marshy land). It's a shame they can finance a ferry and pay a bloke to run it (presumably) but can't spare one employee for an interview...

  82. Michael Ding
    Michael Ding
    4 päeva tagasi

    Bridge crossing is free if you show up in a horse carriage? How about a bicycle?

  83. Zach Brown
    Zach Brown
    4 päeva tagasi

    these are my favorite kind of videos. i’ve been fascinated with weird infrastructure my whole life idk why

  84. Jim
    4 päeva tagasi

    Meetings near Manchester? Ur hard

  85. Steven Booth
    Steven Booth
    4 päeva tagasi

    The big iron bridge you showed is not Warbuton Toll Bridge. The Toll Bridge is the small stone affair near the toll booth. The canal is the old course of the River Mersey and you had to cross the old stone bridge to get access to cross the Mersey. They built the iron bridge to keep access open but they cannot by law levy a toll on that bridge nor can the money from the existing toll, by law, be used to maintain the iron bridge. Peel, as always agree things at the time for expediency, then set about changing things to suit themselves and their shareholders and stick two fingers up to the public. They are currently doing their best to obliterate Irlam and Cadisheads Greenbelt.

  86. Deanosaur
    4 päeva tagasi

    I want tom to teach me his god-level research skills

  87. Steven Booth
    Steven Booth
    4 päeva tagasi

    Peel Holdings don't like interviews or anyone asking questions. Too many skeletons in too many closets. Awful organisation.

  88. Michael Green
    Michael Green
    4 päeva tagasi

    Very good and you should campaign to "use it or loose it" but the company has a reputation of being a bit nasty and you should have said "Canal crossings" we should be proud of the Liverpool & Manchester Ship Canal.

  89. james earljohns
    james earljohns
    4 päeva tagasi

    The dude with the bucket probably didn’t even work there hahah just seen an opportunity haha

  90. Patrick Ormerod
    Patrick Ormerod
    4 päeva tagasi

    As a member of the Maritime Legal Society, there are a lot of inaccuracies in this video. When laws are involved you should do more research before publishing a video.

  91. CMDR unematti
    CMDR unematti
    4 päeva tagasi

    ive never seen an actual toll bridge :o

  92. Dalton McVay
    Dalton McVay
    4 päeva tagasi

    I really hate how much you vary the speed of your talking

  93. Jack Jones
    Jack Jones
    4 päeva tagasi

    No way is warbi bride on here 😂

  94. Shadeem
    4 päeva tagasi

    was that an american flag?!

    4 päeva tagasi

    Manchester United!!!

  96. Jon Ray
    Jon Ray
    4 päeva tagasi

    You're a preserver of history, in many senses. England, and the world, owe you a debt of gratitude. Thanks for the content, Tom :)

  97. Ben Southall
    Ben Southall
    4 päeva tagasi

    Most importantly, is that a velvet t-shirt‽

  98. Jacksirrom
    4 päeva tagasi

    Companies with such a large public impact/footprint should be mandated to talk to random inquiries. I don't think it's fair at all.

  99. Geoffrey Lee
    Geoffrey Lee
    4 päeva tagasi

    Want a funny one? Toronto Island Airport ferry.

  100. Tfin
    4 päeva tagasi

    At a pound, I'd try very hard to never use that bridge.