Pont de Recouvrance

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Coordinates: 48°23′04″N 4°29′48″W / 48.384381°N 4.496541°W / 48.384381; -4.496541

Pont de Recouvrance
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The Pont de Recouvrance and the Penfeld
Coordinates48°23′03.7″N 04°29′47.3″W / 48.384361°N 4.496472°W / 48.384361; -4.496472
CarriesRue de Siam
CrossesPenfeld River
LocaleBrest, Brittany, France
DesignVertical-lift bridge
MaterialReinforced concrete, steel
Longest span88 metres (289 ft)
Construction start1950
Construction end1954
Pont de Recouvrance is located in Brest, France
Pont de Recouvrance
Location in Brest, France

The Pont de Recouvrance is a vertical-lift bridge in Brest, France, across the river Penfeld. Opened on 17 July 1954, it was the largest[clarification needed] vertical-lift bridge in Europe[citation needed] until the opening of the Rouen Pont Gustave-Flaubert in 2008. It links the bottom of the rue de Siam to the quartier de Recouvrance, replacing a swing bridge (the pont National) destroyed by Allied bombardment in 1944.

Each pylon is 70m high, and the 525-tonne lift span is 88m long.

Trolley bus[edit]

The bridge was crossed by trolleybuses from its opening in 1954 until the closure of the Brest trolleybus system, in 1970.[1]


The lift span was renovated in 2011 to allow the new tram line to cross the bridge. The tram line opened by July 2012.[2]


  1. ^ Haseldine, Peter (July–August 2010). "Two French closures" (40th anniversaries of). Trolleybus Magazine issue 292, pp. 74–75. National Trolleybus Association (UK). ISSN 0266-7452.
  2. ^ Today's Railways Europe No. 214, p15
  • Le pont levant de Brest, brochure edited by La Télémécanique Électrique (1954 ?)

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