King Edward VII Bridge
|King Edward VII Bridge|
Train crossing the King Edward VII Bridge
|Maintained by||Network Rail|
|Heritage status||Grade II listed|
|Total length||350.8 m|
|Constructed by||Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Company|
|Opened||10 July 1906|
|Railways between Newcastle and Gateshead|
The bridge was designed and engineered by Charles A. Harrison, the Chief Civil Engineer of the North Eastern Railway, and built by the Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Company in Darlington. The bridge consists of four lattice steel spans resting on concrete piers. The total length of the bridge is 1,150 feet (350 m) and 112 ft (34 m) above high water mark.
Originally trains used the High Level Bridge to reach Newcastle Central Station and had to leave the station in the same direction they entered, which involved the tedious task of reversing. The construction of the King Edward VII Bridge provided four more rail tracks and a direct line through the station, enabling trains to enter or leave from either side, thus easing rail congestion.
The bridge was opened by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra on 10 July 1906 despite being still unfinished at this time. General traffic began using the bridge on 1 October 1906. The total cost was over £500,000.
|Next railway bridge upstream||River Tyne||Next railway bridge downstream|
|Scotswood Railway Bridge
(disused rail, now carries water and gas mains)
|King Edward VII Bridge
|Queen Elizabeth II Metro Bridge
(Tyne and Wear Metro)
|Next crossing upstream||River Tyne||Next crossing downstream|
|Redheugh Bridge||King Edward VII Bridge
|High Level Bridge
(rail and road)