Waterloo Bridge, Betws-y-Coed
|Carries||Motor vehicles (2 lanes)
|Longest span||32 metres (105 ft)|
|No. of spans||1|
The bridge is located about half a mile south-east of the village. It was built by the civil engineer Thomas Telford. An inscription on the arch records that it was constructed in the year of the Battle of Waterloo, but although designed and constructed in 1815, its erection was not completed that year. It was raised as part of building the road from London to Holyhead (now the A5). The bridge is made wholly from cast iron (apart from the stone bastions) and was only the seventh such bridge to be built.
In 1923, the bridge’s masonry abutments were refurbished, and its superstructure was strengthened by encasing the inner three ribs in concrete. A 178mm reinforced cantilevered concrete deck was also added, which provided extra space for new footways; the cast iron parapet railings were re-erected on the outside of the new footways.
In 1978, a new 254mm reinforced concrete deck was added and the masonry abutments were also strengthened.
In May 1996, the bridge was Grade I listed.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Waterloo Bridge, Betws-y-Coed.|
- Quartermaine et al. (2003) Thomas Telford's Holyhead Road: The A5 in North Wales, Council for British Archaeology ISBN 978-1-902771-34-2
|This Conwy County Borough location article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|
|This article about a Welsh building or structure is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|
|This article about a bridge in the United Kingdom is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|