Jubilee Bridge (Queensferry)

The Jubilee Bridge (also known as the Blue Bridge) is a double leaf rolling bascule bridge which spans the River Dee at Queensferry, Wales, United Kingdom.

Jubilee Bridge
Queensferry Blue Bridge and Old Bridge Abutment looking North - geograph.org.uk - 410700.jpg
Coordinates53°12′39″N 3°00′59″W / 53.2108°N 3.0163°W / 53.2108; -3.0163Coordinates: 53°12′39″N 3°00′59″W / 53.2108°N 3.0163°W / 53.2108; -3.0163
CarriesMotor vehicles (2 lanes)
Pedestrians
CrossesRiver Dee
LocaleQueensferry
Characteristics
DesignDouble leaf rolling bascule bridge
MaterialSteel
Longest span40.8 m (133 ft)
No. of spans3
Piers in water2
Clearance above4.8 m (15 ft 9 in)
Clearance below4 m (13 ft)[1]
History
DesignerMott, Hay and Anderson
Constructed bySir William Arrol & Co.
Construction start1925
Construction end1927[2]
Construction cost£83,051
Location

HistoryEdit

The bridge was built by Sir William Arrol & Co. between 1925 and 1927.[3] It takes its name from an earlier bridge on the same site which was completed in Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee year of 1897. The abutments of the old bridge are still visible at both sides to the left (facing north) of the current bridge. The remains can be seen at low tide near the abutments.

By the 1960s shipping had ceased on the River Dee. The bridge's lifting mechanism was removed and the roadway fixed permanently in place. In 2005 the Jubilee Bridge was awarded Grade II Listed building status by Cadw.[4][5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Environment Agency Wales. "Marine safety in the Dee conservancy" (PDF). Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  2. ^ movablebridges.org. "Movable Bridges – Jubilee Bridge". Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Adam Hunter". Engineering Times. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  4. ^ Cadw. "Bascule Bridge (Grade II) (84433)". National Historic Assets of Wales. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  5. ^ British Listed Buildings. "Bascule Bridge, Queensferry". Retrieved 1 September 2011.