List of road–rail bridges

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Road–rail bridges are bridges shared by road and rail lines. Road and rail may be segregated so that trains may operate at the same time as cars (e.g., the Sydney Harbour Bridge). The rail track can be above the roadway or vice versa with truss bridges. Road and rail may share the same carriageway so that road traffic must stop when the trains operate (like a level crossing), or operate together like a tram in a street (street running).

Road–rail bridges are sometimes called combined bridges.[1]


Afghanistan–Uzbekistan Friendship Bridge





Paringa Bridge showing bicycle path on former railway through the middle
  • Menindee, New South Wales – separated in the 1970s.
  • Penrith, New South Wales – separated in 1907.
  • Pyrmont Bridge, Sydney, New South Wales (carried road traffic until 1984; carried Sydney Monorail 1988-2013).
  • Tocumwal, New South Wales – separated in the 1980s.
  • Murray Bridge, South Australia[6]
  • Paringa Bridge, South Australia (1927)[7]
  • Echuca (Victoria) –Moama (NSW), opened in 1879, road only since new rail-only bridge opened in 1989.
  • Gonn Crossing, 1926, on the Kerang-Stony Crossing (NSW) railway line. Road only since the rail line closed in 1964.
  • Robinvale, Victoria, 1927, as part of the Lette railway line. Road only after construction of the line was abandoned in 1943. Replaced by a new road bridge in 2006.[8]
  • Camden, NSW, Rail bridge attached to the road bridge until branch closure in the 1960s.
  • North Richmond NSW, Rail bridge attached to the road bridge on the Kurrajong Line until branch closure in 1952.
  • Lapstone Viaduct NSW, rail viaduct on The Little Zig Zag converted to road traffic after the realignment of the Railway.








British Columbia
Nova Scotia



Czech Republic[edit]

  • Bechyně. In 1928 a bridge was constructed to carry the railway line and road from Tábor into Bechyně. Previously the line had stopped on the other side of a deep gorge from the town and access was by way of a steep road and narrow bridge. The rail line runs in the roadway for 100 m and traffic stopped by lights as for a grade crossing.[13]

Democratic Republic of the Congo[edit]



  • Proposed road-rail tunnel under Suez Canal[16]
  • Suez Canal road rail bridge at El Hammad[17]



  • On Viti Levu the CSR Company was obliged to provide road-rail bridges when it built bridges for the Cane Trains to their sugar mills, e.g. the two largest bridges over the Ba and Sigatoka Rivers. Many are now rail-only as separate road bridges has been built.
  • The Ba Bridge (550 ft; 170 m) has 19 spans, 17 standard spans (30 ft; 9 m) and a short span at each end, and has been rail-only for many years. The Sigatoka Bridge (810 ft; 245 m) has 27 spans. Both bridges are prone to hurricane damage due to extra flow of water; the Ba Bridge often disappears under water but is not always damaged (see Cane Trains).
    • Sigatoka Bridge was washed away by storms, January 2009.[18]






  • Unknown location with YouTube movie[22]


Hong Kong[edit]





The Digha–Sonpur Bridge (JP Setu) over the Ganges connecting the cities of Patna and Sonpur









North Korea[edit]

South Korea[edit]





  • The Dona Ana Bridge has carried rail and road traffic, but not at the same time.

New Zealand[edit]

The Coastal Pacific using the upper level of the bridge in April 2007. Road transport used the lower level until a new bridge was opened in November 2007

A 1930 report listed 33 bridges and estimated that the cost of bridge-keepers, extra maintenance for the decks, etc amounted to £15,500 a year, as against £4,307 paid to NZR.[30]


Section of Arahura Bridge – standing beside the new bridge as an example of this rare type of construction


Whanganui River near Taumarunui. Replaced by new road bridge up-stream from combined rail road bridge in 1960s.


  • Wairoa River – due to road bridge washaway 2008[34]



  • Rødberg Bridge carried the now closed Numedal Line to its terminus in Rødberg and the highway continuing to Geilo over Upsetelva in the center of Rødberg. The rails are still in place, covered by tarmac. There has been no rail traffic on Numedalsbanen since 1988. The railway is in the road, so car traffic had to stop when trains were passing.
  • Bruhaug Bridge, also on Numedal Line carried both the railway and local car traffic over the river Numedalslågen. The road surface is wood.
  • Hølendalen Bridge, near Moss. Motorway and railway, parallel separate bridges.
  • Nygård Bridge in Bergen carries both the Bergen Light Rail and a street. A parallel bridge carries European Route E39.


Railway Track under Metro Bus Track on Gate of Rawalpindi City near Marirh Chowk Muree Road Rawalpindi


  • See above for the cross-border bridge to Argentina


Guadalupe Bridge






South Africa[edit]

  • Buffalo River at East London harbour (double-deck bridge)
  • Umkomaas, KZN south coast
  • Port Shepstone, KZN south coast
  • Caledon River at Maseru
  • Fairy Knowe (Wilderness)
  • Qamata
  • Tugela (at one time, many years ago)[37]

Sri Lanka[edit]



Road traffic waits for a Bernina railway train to cross the road/rail river bridge over the river Poschiavino at Campocologno just North of Swiss-Italian border

The Bernina railway shares a bridge over the River Poschiavino at Campocologno just north of the Swiss-Italian border.

Both railways operated by Aare Seeland Mobil go over three combined bridges each. Four of these bridges cross the Aare river, one crosses a highway.



The Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge with the Black Sea beyond it.


United Kingdom[edit]


King George V Bridge
King George V Bridge showing the road and railway
  • Ashton Swing Bridge Preston. Crosses Preston Dock lock. Road traffic and pedestrians controlled by barriers from the lock control room. Still used by The Ribble Steam Railway and tour trains visiting from the main line, still running in 2012 the bridge is used for delivery of bitumen by railway to the Preston Total Bitumen plant. On arrival from Total's oil refinery in Immingham, North Lincolnshire, the tankers are parked at the exchange sidings. The steam railway staff divide the trains and shunt the tankers into Total Bitumen's siding for the bitumen processing and distribution plant, later reforming the trains for their return journey to Immingham.
  • Britannia Bridge Robert Stephenson's famous, formerly 'tubular' railway bridge across the Menai Strait in Wales. Rebuilt as a road and rail bridge after a major fire in 1970.
  • High Level Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • King George V Bridge, Keadby, North Lincolnshire. Carries the A18 and the DoncasterScunthorpe railway across the River Trent. Opened in 1916, Althorpe railway station is on the western bank of the Trent, very close to the bridge, which has not lifted for some years.
  • Belfast cross-harbour bridge, opened 1994–1995. See The Motorway Archive
  • Kingsferry road and rail bridge, Isle of Sheppey. Built in 1960, until 2006 this was the only road crossing to the island. The bridge opens 20 times each day.
  • Porthmadog, Wales, on the Welsh Highland Railway, Shared by this narrow gauge line and the main road through the town.
  • Pont Briwet, over River Dwyryd, near Penrhyndeudraeth, North Wales – single track rail of the Cambrian Coast Line, beside wide single-carriageway road; re-opened in summer 2015 after major repairs.


  • Connel Bridge, near Oban, Scotland, was shared until the railway closed in the 1960s. A cantilever bridge.
  • Ashton Avenue Bridge, Bristol road rail swing bridge.
  • Queen Alexandra Bridge, still in road (A1231) use across the River Wear between Deptford and Southwick in Sunderland, mineral railway abandoned in 1921 after 12 years' use.
  • Newhaven Harbour, East Sussex, swing bridge standard gauge harbour branch shared with main coast road to Brighton, closed about 1962.
  • Runcorn Railway Bridge – rail; pedestrian bridge alongside was open until 1965.
  • Cross Keys Bridge, on the Norfolk /Lincolnshire border, both sides now in use for road traffic. Swing Bridge

United States[edit]

  • Portage Lake Lift Bridge connecting Hancock and Houghton. The world's heaviest and largest double deck vertical lift bridge. 4-lane road on upper deck, rail on lower deck (converted to trail). The lower deck was also paved so the bridge could be placed in an intermediate position to allow road traffic only.
  • Second Hannibal Bridge in Kansas City, Missouri across the Missouri River. Opened in 1917, had a road deck until 1956, when another bridge was built, but the rail deck is presently in use. Evidence of the road deck is still plainly visible.
  • ASB Bridge in Kansas City, Missouri, across the Missouri River. Opened in 1911, it carried vehicular traffic until 1987, when new span was built. Bridge is unique that lower part is a vertical lift drawbridge, while without interrupting traffic on the upper deck.
  • Eads Bridge in St. Louis, Missouri across the Mississippi River. Opened in 1874. It carries the road traffic on the upper deck and the St. Louis MetroLink on the lower deck.
New York


  • Amu Darya Bridge is the first bridge between Khorezm and Karakalpakstan, opened March 2004. It only has one track with the rails embedded into tarmac, used for trains and cars, one direction at a time, and is 681 m long. It now doubles the pontoon bridge that was the only link between Khorezm and the rest of Uzbekistan.
  • See above for the cross-border bridge to Afghanistan






During wartime and other emergencies, rail tracks on bridges are sometimes paved to allow road traffic to proceed. Examples include the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen bridge in Germany.

After a landslide on the Stromeferry road in Scotland in 2012, a 150m section of the parallel railway was paved with rubber tiles to allow road traffic to avoid a 250 km detour.[43]


Under construction[edit]

See also[edit]


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