Transport across the Marsh

The Immingham trams began operating along Corporation Road and Gilbey Road in 1910 and after crossing Cleveland Bridge ran across open country to Immingham Dock. It was originally planned to link up with the Great Grimsby Street Tramways which ran along Victoria Street. This required a new bridge over the Alexandra Dock. This wasn’t built until 1928 by which time the Corporation were looking to get rid of their trams. The section from Corporation Bridge to Cleveland Bridge closed in 1956 and the remaining line to Immingham in 1961.

The first bus service in the West Marsh ran from Central Market to Cleveland Street (Service No.5) which was introduced to compete with the trams. This service ceased when the tramway closed in Grimsby.
It was replaced by two services, the No.1, running from Old Clee via Riby Square and Corporation Road and the No.2 running from Legsby Avenue via Boulevard Avenue. Both terminated at Cleveland Bridge. These services still operate through the West Marsh but now leave via the A180 to Europarc.

The West Marsh is surrounded by railways and the line effectively forms the border between the East and West Marsh. Until 1908 the branch line to the Alexandra Dock ran along what is now Boulevard Avenue, effectively dissecting the area. This was replaced by the line from Marsh Junction.
Prior to the opening of the tramway there was a steam passenger service from Pyewipe Halt, near the current Moody Lane, to Immingham.

Crossover transport
The road haulage industry was well represented with Peter Dixon’s owning its own transport fleet as did the Fish Meal and Humber Warehousing.
Similarly, the Alexandra Dock saw many timber ships over the years and was also used for shipbuilding and the fitting out of trawlers.
Both above are a crossover with the industry section.

Thanks to Paul King for this very valuable contribution