List of railway bridges and viaducts in the United Kingdom

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This is a list of viaducts and significant bridges of the United Kingdom's railways, past and present.


Name Location Length (m) Date Type Grade Notes Image
Accrington Viaduct Accrington, Lancashire 231.6 1847 II Grade 2 listed on 09/03/1984. Viaduct carrying East Lancashire Railway, 1847, by J.S. Perring and D.A. Donaldson; restored 1866-7. Curving line of 19 (originally 21, 255.7m) semicircular brick arches (40 ft. span, 60 ft. high) with stone plinths, gritstone facings, rusticated voussoirs, roll-moulded string course, and parapet. At the south end the line crosses Blackburn road on a segmental arched bridge with battered rock-faced abutments; at the north end are 3 similar arches, (the centre bridging Whalley Road), now separated from the main structure by a short embankment. West side of 5th arch of viaduct has keystone lettered "RH" M 1847 (= Richard Hacking, Manager).
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Albert Edward Bridge Coalbrookdale, Shropshire 61 1864 II
Albert Edward Bridge.JPG
Angarrack viaduct Hayle, Cornwall 240 1885
Appleford Railway Bridge River Thames, Oxfordshire 1844
2008-05 Appleford Rail Bridge (2).JPG
Arnside viaduct River Kent, Cumbria 505 1915
Arten Gill Viaduct Stone House, Lancashire 201 35.7m high with 11 spans.
Avon Bridge Bristol 1839 Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Avon Viaduct aka Birkhill Viaduct Avon River, Scotland Carries the heritage Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway.
Steam on the Avonbank Viaduct (geograph 4489681).jpg


Name Location Length (m) Date Type Grade Notes Image
Balcombe Viaduct aka Ouse Valley Viaduct Balcombe, West Sussex 450 1841
Ouse Valley Viaduct top.jpg
Ballochmyle Viaduct River Ayr, East Ayrshire 145 1848 Highest extant railway viaduct in Britain. Formerly largest masonry arch in the world.
Ballochmyle Viaduct.jpg
Barnes Railway Bridge Barnes, London 1895
Bassaleg Viaduct Newport, Wales 1826 Oldest operational railway viaduct in the world.
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Battersea Railway Bridge aka Cremorne Bridge Battersea, London 185 1863
Belah Viaduct River Belah, Cumbria 320 1861 Demolished in 1963.
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Bennerley Viaduct Awsworth, Nottinghamshire 443 1877
Bennerley Viaduct Ilkeston.jpg
Berwyn Viaduct River Dee, Denbighshire On the Llangollen Railway heritage line.
Berwyn Railway Viaduct, Denbighshire - - 956427.jpg
Betley Bridge River Adur, West Sussex Now part of the Downs Link footpath.
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Bickleigh Viaduct Bickleigh, Devon
Bickleigh Viaduct (geograph 4353545).jpg
Big Water of Fleet Viaduct Big Water of Fleet, Galloway
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Bittaford Viaduct Ivybridge, Devon
Railway Viaduct, Bittaford, Devon - - 88312.jpg
Blackfriars Railway Bridge (current) Blackfriars, London 1886
Blackfriars station MMB 20.jpg
Blackfriars Railway Bridge (former/original) Blackfriars, London 1865 Only supports remain.
Black Potts Railway Bridge and Viaduct River Thames, Windsor 1850
Black potts viaduct.jpg
Blackwater Viaduct Chacewater. Cornwall Only wooden viaduct in England
Blackwater Viaduct - - 154072.jpg
Blatchford Viaduct Ivybridge, Devon
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Bleach Green Viaduct Newtownabbey, County Antrim 1933
Bleach Green Viaduct, Whiteabbey.jpg
Bolitho Viaduct Liskeard, Cornwall 166 1882
Bolitho Viaduct - FGW 43164 rear of up train.JPG
Border Counties Bridge River Tyne, Hexham, Northumberland 1856 Only supports remain.
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Bourne End Railway Bridge River Thames, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire 1895 Originally carried Broad Gauge.
Bourne End Railway and Foot Bridge.JPG
Britannia Bridge Menai Strait at Anglesey 461 1850 Partially rebuilt in 1970 after a fire.
Brittania Bridge Train crossing 3.JPG
Broadbottom Viaduct aka Etherow Viaduct River Etherow, Derbyshire/Greater Manchester 155 1842
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Broadsands Viaduct Goodrington Sands, Devon 66 Carries the Dartmouth Steam Railway heritage line.
Broadsands Viaduct 4277 and Devon Belle.jpg
Brooksbottom Viaduct River Irwell, Lancashire Carries the East Lancashire Railway heritage line.
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Butterley Causeway Butterley Reservoir, Derbyshire Carries the Midland Railway - Butterley heritage line.
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Burntisland Viaduct Burntisland, Fife 1888
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Bushey Arches Watford, Hertfordshire
Watford, River Colne railway viaduct - - 95981.jpg


Name Location Length (m) Date Notes Image
Cadishead Viaduct Salford and Trafford 37 1893 Disused and corroded
Cadishead Viaduct.jpg
Castor Bridge Wansford and Castor Girder Bridge carrying the preserved Nene Valley Railway across the River Nene.
Calder Grove Viaduct Wakefield (disused)
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Calstock Viaduct Calstock, Cornwall c.225 1907 Calstock and the Viaduct - - 293332.jpg
Cann Viaduct Bickleigh, Devon (disused)
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Cannington Viaduct Uplyme, Devon (disused)
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Cannon Street Railway Bridge London 1866 Crosses the River Thames
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Carbis Bay Viaduct Carbis Bay, Cornwall
Carbis Bay Viaduct 2009.jpg
Carlisle Bridge, Lancaster Lancaster c.120 1847 carries West Coast Main Line over the River Lune
Carlisle Bridge, Lancaster (geograph 2547200).jpg
Castlefield Viaducts Manchester
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Cefn Coed Viaduct Cefn-coed-y-cymmer, Wales
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Chappel Viaduct Chappel, Essex
Chappel Viaduct 4.jpg
Chacewater Viaduct Chacewater, Cornwall
Chacewater Viaduct - - 838064.jpg
Chelfham Viaduct Chelfham 120 1897 Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, Devon
Lynton and Barnstaple Railway - Chelfham Viaduct.jpg
Chelmsford Viaduct Chelmsford, Essex
Chepstow Railway Bridge Brunel's first lenticular truss
Original pillars, Chepstow Railway Bridge.jpg
Chesterfield Viaduct Chesterfield, Derbyshire better known as Horns Bridge
Chirk Viaduct near Chirk, Wales
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Claverton Street Viaduct Bath, Somerset Junction of Wells Road and Claverton Street (geograph 1797392).jpg
Clifton Viaduct Clifton, near Manchester
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Conisbrough Viaduct Conisbrough, South Yorkshire now carries a branch of the trans-pennine trail 113 ft high over the River Don
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Carthuther Viaduct Liskeard, Cornwall Replaced 1882
Carvedras Viaduct Truro, Cornwall 1904 23.08.12 Carvedras Viaduct, Truro (7871085950).jpg
Clinnick Viaduct near Bodmin Parkway, Cornwall 100 1879
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Coat of Arms Bridge Coventry 1844 carried the London and Birmingham Railway over Bridge Road WTC Phil Radbourne CoatofArmsBridge2.JPG
Cogload Junction Flyover Durston, Somerset 1931 Cogload Junction 43207.jpg
Corby Bridge Wetheral, Cumbria Railway viaduct at Wetheral - - 475781.jpg
Corfe Railway Viaduct Dorset carries the Swanage Railway between Corfe Castle and Nordon Railway Viaduct, Corfe Castle - - 1524310.jpg
Coldrennick Viaduct Menheniot, Cornwall Field and viaduct near Menheniot (geograph 4163183).jpg
Colonnade Viaduct Dawlish, Devon Dawlish Colonnade Viaduct - FGW 150120.JPG
Collegewood Viaduct Penryn, Cornwall 291 Replaced in 1934. Piers remain Collegewood viaduct.jpg
Coombe by Saltash Viaduct Cornwall 184 Replaced 1894 Coombe viaduct Saltash looking north.jpg
Coombe by St Stephens Viaduct near St Austell, Cornwall Coombe St Stephen viaduct (geograph 2197730).jpg
Conwy Railway Bridge Conwy, Wales 141 1849
Conwy Castle and Railway Bridge.jpg
Cox Viaduct Goonhavern, Cornwall (disused)
Crumlin Viaduct Crumlin, Caerphilly, Ebbw Valley, Wales 1857 Closed 1967 Crumlin Viaduct - on the Newport, Abergavenny & Hereford Railway Extension to Taff Vale.jpeg
Craigmore Viaduct near Newry c.350 1852 The Craigmore Viaduct - - 1058101.jpg
Craigavon Bridge Craigavon 1933 double deck, lower deck former goods line Craigavon bridge.jpg
Crimple Valley Viaduct Harrogate, North Yorkshire 572 1848 Built for the York and North Midland Railway
Evening Star crosses Crimple Viaduct - - 845575.jpg
Culloden Viaduct near Inverness, Scotland 549 1898 Carries Highland Main Line Culloden Viaduct - - 156478.jpg


Name Location Length (m) Date Type Grade Notes Image
Daisyfield Viaduct Bury, Lancashire Rail traffic ended in the 1970s and is now used for recreation since 1999.
Manchester bolton and bury canal, daisyfield viaduct 2.jpg
Dandrymire/Moorecock Viaduct Garsdale, Cumbria 208 15.3m high with 12 spans.
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Darcy Lever viaduct River Tonge, Bolton 28m high with 8 spans.
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Dargan Bridge River Lagan, Belfast 1990s
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Cefn/Newbridge Viaduct River Dee, Cefn Mawr, Wrexham
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Denby Dale Viaduct Denby Dale, Huddersfield
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Dent Head Viaduct Stone House, Lancashire 182 1875 30.5m high with 10 spans.
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Derrycombe Viaduct Bodmin Parkway, Cornwall 112 1881 II 23m high.
Dinting Viaduct Glossopdale, Derbyshire 370 1844 36m high.
Dollis Brook Viaduct Finchley, London 1867 18m high.
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Dowry Dell Viaduct Hunnington, Worcestershire Dismantled in 1964
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Draw Wood Viaduct Bodmin Parkway, Cornwall 208 13m high. Replaced by retaining walls in 1875.
Durham Viaduct Durham
Dutton Viaduct River Weaver, Cheshire 457 1837 II* 18m high with 20 spans.
Dutton viaduct.jpg


  • East Norton Viaduct, Leicestershire (demolished 2001)


Forth Bridge


Glenfinnan Viaduct


The High Level Bridge, towering above the Swing Bridge



John O Gaunt Viaduct, Twyford, Leicestershire


King George V Bridge


London Bridge – Greenwich Railway Viaduct


Maidenhead Railway Bridge
Laigh Milton Viaduct in Ayrshire, the oldest surviving Railway Bridge in the World


Ouse Valley Viaduct West Sussex



Pensford Viaduct



Rispin Cleugh viaduct shortly before being demolished in 1990
The Royal Albert Bridge


Scarborough Bridge, York
The original wooden St Austell viaduct


Tay Rail Bridge



Windsor Bridge
Welland Viaduct
Wylam Railway Bridge



Yarm Railway viaduct near Stockton-on-Tees in the North East of England


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