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Runcorn is an industrial town and cargo port in Cheshire, England, on the southern bank of the River Mersey where the estuary narrows to form the Runcorn Gap. Its population in 2011 was 61,789. To the north across the River Mersey is Widnes. Warrington is upstream 8 miles (12.9 km) to the northeast and Liverpool downstream 16 miles (26 km) to the northwest.
Runcorn railway station is on a branch of the West Coast Main Line and provides frequent services to Liverpool Lime Street, Birmingham New Street and London Euston. Runcorn East connects Manchester Piccadilly, Warrington Bank Quay, Chester and North Wales. The A533 road passes through the town from the south and over the Mersey Gateway Bridge across the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal. The M56 motorway passes south of the town, through Preston Brook. Three bridges span the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal at Runcorn: the Silver Jubilee Bridge, Mersey Gateway and Runcorn Railway Bridge. The Bridgewater Canal terminates in the town centre.