M25 Runnymede Bridge

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Template:Infobox Bridge right The M25 Runnymede Bridge is a motorway, A-road and pedestrian and cycle bridge built in the 1940s, 1980s and expanded in the 2000s carrying the M25 and A30 across the River Thames near the uppermost end of the Staines upon Thames and Egham reach of river. It is oriented north–south and is southwest of Heathrow Airport. It in fact consists of the Runnymede Bridge and the New Runnymede Bridge.

Commonly referred to as one bridge, it one of three bridges carrying motorway traffic across the Thames, the others being the M3 Chertsey Bridge and the M4 Thames Bridge, Maidenhead.

History

Runnymede Bridge

In part designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens<ref name=iht>The Motorway Archives</ref> this is a single-span arch bridge built of brick to carry the A30's Staines BypassUnknown extension tag "ref", near the uppermost end of the Staines upon Thames and Egham reach of river above Penton Hook Lock and below Bell Weir Lock. It is an arch bridge which is specifically of the spandrel arch design supported by two outer walls (spandrels) in red brick infilled with looser material such as gravel. Until the 2013 construction of the present Walton Bridge this was the first single span (without piers) across the River Thames heading upstream from the river's mouth.<ref name=iht/>

New Runnymede Bridge

thumb The New Runnymede Bridge forming its eastern half was built in the 1980s to complement the earlier western half of the crossing, also simply named the Runnymede Bridge.<ref name=iht/>

It is a single arch bridge of approximately the same form, but is made up of a series of parallel concrete frames: these allow light to penetrate upwards underneath and transfer loads vertically to avoid disturbing the foundations of the westerly bridge companion. The motorway bridge was in the first decade of the 21st century widened to six lanes each way, the widest in Britain. Template:Clear

See also

  • Crossings of the River Thames

Notes and references

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