Royal Border Bridge, Berwick upon Tweed

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The Royal Border Bridge spans the River Tweed between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Tweedmouth in Northumberland, England. It is a Grade I listed railway viaduct built between 1847 and 1850, when it was opened by Queen Victoria. The engineer who designed it was Robert Stephenson (son of railway pioneer George Stephenson). It was built for the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway and is still in regular use today, as part of the East Coast Main Line. Despite its name, the bridge does not in fact span the border between England and Scotland, which is approximately three miles further north.

The bridge is 659 metres (2,162 ft) long and constructed in stone except for brick soffits to the arches. It has 28 arches, each spanning 60 feet (18 m). The railway is carried 37 metres (121 ft) above the river level. During 1989, it was electrified as a part of the wider East Coast Main Line electrification scheme. Between 1993 and 1996, the structure underwent significant repair work for the first time in a Railtrack-led project, which was partially funded by English Heritage.

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  • The bridge itself is currently undergoing refurbishment works so is unfortunately closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic. It is still however a stunning bridge.  more »
  • We visited Berwick on Tweed and took in the stunning view of the border bridge from the Ramparts. Recommend a visit while you are in the area.  more »
  • Stunning piece of architecture best viewed from the path below, free parking a couple of hundred yards from the structure and easy walk up to it then after the bridge it's marshland, still manageable but not the easiest of going and not a great deal to see (after the bridge). As well as being quite a sight to behold it is also of historical importance as not only was it designed by Robert Stephenson but it was the last link in completing a continuous railway line running between London and Edinburgh.
  • Great place to visit. You can see it from most parts of berwick. Paired with a walk on the riverside you can also visit the old castle.
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