SX4358 : Bridges over the River Tamar

taken 13 days ago, near to Saltash, Cornwall, Great Britain

Bridges over the River Tamar
Bridges over the River Tamar
Looking downstream, with the wake of a motorboat in the foreground, to the two Tamar bridges: first the road suspension bridge and then the Royal Albert Bridge. Unfortunately, the close proximity of these very different structures somewhat detracts from the elegance of both of them.
Royal Albert Bridge

The Royal Albert Bridge was constructed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1859. It was opened by Albert, Prince Consort to Queen Victoria on 2nd May 1859, just four months before the great engineer's death (15th September 1859). The prince himself only lived on for a little over two years, dying on 14th December 1861.
The 172' high bridge extends 2188' (667m) from St Budeaux, Plymouth on the Devon side across to Saltash in Cornwall. It has two main spans each of 465'(141m) with a total of 17 further "lead in" spans. (I think 10 on the Devon side, 7 on the Cornish). For more information see a dedicated website here LinkExternal link and the Wikipedia entry here LinkExternal link - {you may notice some discrepancies between the details on the two sites}

Tamar Bridge

The Tamar Bridge is a road bridge at Saltash and Plymouth in southwest England carrying traffic between Cornwall and Devon over the River Tamar. It is adjacent to the Royal Albert Bridge.
When it opened in 1961, the Tamar Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the United Kingdom. In 2001 it became the world's first suspension bridge to be widened (from three to five lanes) using cantilevers.
Construction of the Tamar Bridge began in July 1959. Before the Tamar Bridge was opened, most travellers between Saltash (on the Cornish side) and the Devon city of Plymouth used ferries. The Tamar Bridge carries approximately 40,000 vehicles every day. It is co-owned by Plymouth City Council and Cornwall Council. A toll of 1.50 per car is charged when driving from Cornwall into Devon if paid in cash. Motorcycles do not have to pay.
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Monday, 31 May, 2021   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 8 June, 2021
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Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Roads, Road transport  Railways 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4353 5882 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:24.5018N 4:12.2033W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4355 5902
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