Styford Bridge

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Styford Bridge
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Styford Bridge
Carries Road
Crosses River Tyne
Locale Northumberland, England
Designer Tom Smith
assistant county surveyor[1]
Design beam
Material concrete
Number of spans three
Opened 1979[1]
Toll No
Daily traffic Dual carriageway
Coordinates 54°57′04″N 1°57′14″W / 54.951°N 1.954°W / 54.951; -1.954Coordinates: 54°57′04″N 1°57′14″W / 54.951°N 1.954°W / 54.951; -1.954
Styford Bridge is located in Northumberland
Styford Bridge
Red pog.svg Styford Bridge shown within Northumberland
grid reference NZ030618

Styford Bridge is a modern concrete bridge carrying the A68 road across the River Tyne east of Riding Mill, Northumberland, England and forms part of the A68 bypass of Corbridge.

History[edit]

The A68 road from Darlington used to descend the south side of the Tyne valley to the village of Riding Mill, then followed the River Tyne to the road bridge at Corbridge, and from there ran northwest to Jedburgh. The new road descends sharply to the east and crosses the River Tyne about 1 mile (1.6 km) downstream of Riding Mill. The new road carries on northwards to meet the A69 road at the Styford roundabout. The A68 and the A69 follow the bypass west for about 3 miles (5 km) to the Stagshaw Road roundabout where the A68 leaves to join the old alignment.

The new link road was opened by the Duke of Northumberland in a ceremony on the bridge. Present were Councillor Robert Barnett, Chairman of Northumberland County Council and Councillor the Reverend Alec Beniams, Chairman of Tynedale District Council. The main contractors for the link road were Northumberland County Council direct labour organisation and Eden Construction of Carlisle Limited. The bridge was the main responsibility of the county council labour force, and was approved by the Royal Fine Art Commission. The bridge, which cost £530,000, was personally designed by Tom Smith, assistant county surveyor.[1]

Air crash[edit]

On 9 January 1990 two RAF jets collided in mid-air over the Tyne Valley, and one crashed to earth. The two-man crew from one aircraft, a Tornado from RAF Laarbruch in West Germany, ejected to safety. The other plane, a Jaguar, managed to stay in the air and returned to an RAF base.[2] The pilot and navigator from the Tornado were both injured.[3] Wreckage from the crash fell onto the bridge causing minor damage to the road surface and to both safety barriers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "New £3m road link opens at Styford". Hexham Courant (12 October 1979): page 1. 
  2. ^ Evening Chronicle (Newcastle upon Tyne) (9 January 1990): page 1. 
  3. ^ Evening Chronicle (Newcastle upon Tyne) (10 January 1990): page 1. 

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Next crossing upstream River Tyne Next crossing downstream
Corbridge Bridge  Styford Bridge
Grid reference: NZ030618
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