Itchen Bridge

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Itchen Bridge
Picture of the Itchen Bridge
Coordinates 50°53′56″N 1°23′05″W / 50.8988°N 1.3847°W / 50.8988; -1.3847Coordinates: 50°53′56″N 1°23′05″W / 50.8988°N 1.3847°W / 50.8988; -1.3847
Carries A3025 road (2 lanes)
Crosses River Itchen
Locale Southampton
Owner Southampton City Council
Preceded by Northam Bridge
Design High-level hollow box girder
Total length 800 metres (870 yd)
Height 28 metres (92 ft)
Clearance above open
Engineering design by Kier Limited
Construction cost £12.174 million
Inaugurated 22 March 1974 (1974-03-22)
Opened 13 July 1977 (1977-07-13)
Replaces Woolston Floating Bridge
Toll variable (based on vehicle type)
Itchen Bridge is located in Southampton
Itchen Bridge
Itchen Bridge
Location in Southampton

The Itchen Bridge is a bridge over the River Itchen in Southampton, Hampshire. It is a high-level hollow box girder bridge. It is located about a mile from the river mouth. The bridge spans 870 yards (800 m), is 92 feet (28 m) at its highest point and weighs 62,000 tons.[citation needed] The bridge connects the A3025 Portsmouth Road to Southampton. It was built to replace the former chain ferry, known as the Floating Bridge, that crossed the river at that point.

The bridge was opened by HRH Princess Alexandra, The Hon Mrs Angus Ogilvy on 13 July 1977,[1] although it had been open to public foot traffic since 31 May 1977 when Mrs Edith Parks became the first person to cross it. The bridge's set of blue energy-saving lights can be seen from up to 5 miles (8.0 km) down Southampton Water from the bridge.

As part of the bridge's maintenance eight expansion joints were replaced in March 2016.[2]


At the Woolston end a toll booth operates daily. Southampton City Council levy a variable toll,[3] depending on vehicle type and time of day of crossing. The toll was originally charged in order to help pay the £12.174 million it cost to build. The toll succeeded in this some years ago,[4] but the toll remains to control the traffic in the areas surrounding the bridge.

On 21 December 2010, it was announced that an automatic toll system would replace the staffed booth, saving over £200,000 annually. This system measures the height of the front of the vehicle and number of front wheels to judge the applicable toll for that vehicle.

Class 1 – Motorcycles and three-wheeled vehicles There is no charge for these vehicles

Class 2 – Cars, small vans and small 4x4s Height at first axle up to 1.33m Toll due 60p (peak), 50p (off peak) Residents Concessionary toll 40p (peak), 30p (off peak)

Class 3 – Large vans (e.g. transit) and large 4x4s Height at first axle between 1.33m to 2.39m Toll due: £1.20 Business Concessionary toll 60p Southampton registered taxi concession 60p

Class 4 – HGVs Height at first axle more than 2.39m Toll due £25.00 Business Concessionary toll £2.00 [5]

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