Staines Railway Bridge

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Staines Railway Bridge
Staines Railway Bridge Over The Thames.jpg
Over the River Thames
Coordinates 51°25′50″N 0°30′40″W / 51.4306°N 0.5112°W / 51.4306; -0.5112Coordinates: 51°25′50″N 0°30′40″W / 51.4306°N 0.5112°W / 51.4306; -0.5112
Carries Waterloo to Reading Line
Crosses River Thames
Locale Staines-upon-Thames
Maintained by Network Rail
Characteristics
Height 21 feet 0 inches (6.40 m)[1]
No. of spans 5
Piers in water 2
History
Opened 1856
Staines Railway Bridge is located in Surrey
Staines Railway Bridge
Staines Railway Bridge
Location in Surrey

Staines Railway Bridge carries the Waterloo to Reading Line across the Thames in England.

Location[edit]

The bridge crosses Laleham Road and the river northeast to southwest from Staines-upon-Thames to Egham Hythe, Surrey, on the Staines Reach (between Penton Hook Lock and Bell Weir Lock). The main Thames Path National Trail is beneath it and southern end of the Hythe towpath on the other bank. Its linked viaducts cross various other roads including Chertsey Road (A320).

Traffic[edit]

The bridge carries the Waterloo to Reading Line and all trains serving its spur, the Weybridge or Chertsey Branch which connects this line to the four-track South Western Main Line running from London Waterloo to the far south-west, merging with the Devon and Cornwall main line. The bridge is between Staines and Egham stations. The line is low gradient and forms a sharp curve for mid-speed traffic just north-east of here, to head through part of the town centre, finishing almost due east towards London. For freight and Heritage Steam Trains which do not all call at the station within 0.5 miles (0.80 km) east, it is subject to a speed restriction appropriate to its age and condition.

The bridge was completed in 1856.[2]

Staines Railway Bridge from upstream

See also[edit]

Crossings of the River Thames

References[edit]

  1. ^ River Thames Alliance. Bridge heights on the River Thames.
  2. ^ Fred. S. Thacker The Thames Highway: Volume II Locks and Weirs 1920 - republished 1968 David & Charles
Next crossing upstream River Thames Next crossing downstream
Staines Bridge (road) Staines Railway Bridge
Grid reference: TQ213763
M3 Chertsey Bridge (motorway)