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The Kincardine Bridge is a road bridge crossing the Firth of Forth from Falkirk council area to Kincardine, Fife, Scotland.

Kincardine Bridge
The Kincardine Bridge on the River Forth
The Kincardine Bridge on the River Forth
Coordinates56°3′54.5″N 3°43′38.2″W / 56.065139°N 3.727278°W / 56.065139; -3.727278Coordinates: 56°3′54.5″N 3°43′38.2″W / 56.065139°N 3.727278°W / 56.065139; -3.727278
CarriesA985 road
CrossesForth River
LocaleKincardine, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom
DesignSwing bridge with mix of secondary span structure types
Total length822 metres (2,697 ft)[1]
Longest span111 metres (364 ft)[1]
DesignerSir Alexander Gibb & Partners[2]
Construction start1932[2]
Construction end1936[2]
Kincardine Bridge is located in Scotland
Kincardine Bridge
Location in Scotland


A map of the bridge and the surrounding river from 1945

The bridge was constructed between 1932 and 1936, to a design by Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners, Consulting Engineers,[3] and Architect, Donald Watson. It was the first road crossing of the River Forth downstream of Stirling, completed nearly thirty years before the Forth Road Bridge, which stands fifteen miles (24 km) to the south-east.

The bridge was constructed with a swinging central section which remained in use until 1988, that would allow larger ships to sail upstream to the small port at Alloa.

The bridge's no-longer-operable swing span, viewed from the new Clackmannanshire Bridge

The bridge is part of the A985 road (formerly A876), and carries a single lane in each direction. Until the opening of the Clackmannanshire Bridge in 2008, it was the customary diversion route for traffic north from Edinburgh and eastern Scotland when the Forth Road Bridge was closed or under repair. As a result of the additional traffic using the bridge at these times, joining the high volume of regular commuter traffic, the town of Kincardine was frequently congested.

Second bridgeEdit

The original bridge, at over 70 years old, was identified by the Scottish Executive as being in need of replacement. The new Clackmannanshire Bridge[4] was opened on 19 November 2008.[5] The original bridge was given Category A listed status by Historic Scotland in 2005,[6][7] and was closed temporarily for upgrading works in 2011.

With the opening of the new bridge, the Kincardine Bridge was re-numbered as part of the A985 while the new Clackmannanshire Bridge became part of the re-routed A876, forming the Kincardine bypass.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Heritage Locations – Scotland – Clackmannanshire – Kincardine Swing Bridge". London: The Transport Trust.
  2. ^ a b c Kincardine Bridge at Structurae
  3. ^ Juliet Barnes (4 July 2013). The Ghosts of Happy Valley: Searching for the Lost World of Africa's Infamous Aristocrats. Aurum Press. p. 2. ISBN 978-1-78131-139-4.
  4. ^ BBC news report, 1 October 2008
  5. ^ Scottish Government, 'New bridge over Forth opens'.
  6. ^ "Kincardine bridge swings to future Crossing built for car boom given listed protection". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  7. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Kincardine Bridge  (Category A) (LB50078)". Retrieved 26 March 2019.

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