Kew Railway Bridge

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Kew Railway Bridge
Kew Railway Bridge.jpg
Kew Railway Bridge
Coordinates 51°29′02″N 0°16′46″W / 51.483888888889°N 0.27944444444444°W / 51.483888888889; -0.27944444444444Coordinates: 51°29′02″N 0°16′46″W / 51.483888888889°N 0.27944444444444°W / 51.483888888889; -0.27944444444444
CarriesNorth London Line of the London Overground
London Underground District line
CrossesRiver Thames
Maintained byNetwork Rail
Heritage statusGrade II listed structure[1]
DesignLattice girder[1]
MaterialWrought iron
Total length575 feet
No. of spans5
DesignerW. R. Galbraith[2][1]
Opened1 January 1869; 151 years ago (1869-01-01)[1]
Listed Building – Grade II
Official nameKew Railway Bridge
Designated25 May 1983; 37 years ago (1983-05-25)
Reference no.1065412
Kew Railway Bridge stonework

Kew Railway Bridge (or Strand-on-the-Green Bridge) spans the River Thames in London, England, between Kew and Strand-on-the-Green, Chiswick. The bridge, which was given Grade II listed structure protection in 1983,[1] was designed by W. R. Galbraith[2] and built by Brassey & Ogilvie for the London and South Western Railway. The bridge is part of an extension to the latter company's railway line from Acton Junction to Richmond. The bridge was opened in 1869[1] and consists of five wrought iron lattice girder spans of 35 metres each. The cast iron piers are decorated in three stages. During the second world war a pillbox was built to guard it on the south end, along with an open enclosure to fire an anti-tank gun from.

The bridge carries two tracks which are electrified with both third rail and London Underground-style fourth rail. It is now owned by Network Rail and used by London Overground for North London Line passenger trains running between Richmond and Stratford. The same tracks are also used by London Underground's District line trains running between Richmond and Upminster.

In 1964 the north arch under Kew Railway Bridge was acquired by Strand on the Green Sailing Club, and has been rented from British Rail and its heirs ever since.

In fiction[edit]

In The Dalek Invasion of Earth, a 1964 serial from the BBC's Doctor Who, the TARDIS materialises under Kew Railway Bridge, where it is subsequently trapped when the bridge collapses.[3] A District Line service can also be seen crossing the bridge in the 1965 film Four in the Morning.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Historic England (25 May 1983). "Kew Railway Bridge (1065412)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner (1983). The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. p. 715. ISBN 0 14 0710 47 7.
  3. ^ "Kew Railway Bridge". Retrieved 6 March 2013.

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Coordinates: 51°29′02″N 0°16′46″W / 51.48389°N 0.27944°W / 51.48389; -0.27944