Heritage Locations

Barnes Railway Bridge


The original Barnes Bridge was built by Joseph Locke in 1849 and is listed Grade II.

Constructor:
Unclassified

Period of construction:
1800 - 1849

Transport Trust plaque:
No

Transport Mode:
Rail

Address:
London, SW13 0NP

Postcode:
LONDON SW13 0NP

Nearest Town:
London

Heritage Centre:
No

Barnes Railway Bridge crosses the River Thames in London in a northwest to southeast direction at Barnes. It carries the South West Trains Hounslow Loop Line, and lies between Barnes Bridge and Chiswick stations. It can also be crossed on foot, and is only one of three bridges in London to combine pedestrian and rail use; the others being the Fulham Railway Bridge and Hungerford Bridge.

The original bridge at this location was built in 1849 to a design by Joseph Locke and looked very similar to the original Richmond Railway Bridge which he also designed.

The replacement bridge, designed by Edward Andrews, is three spans of wrought iron bow string girders carrying two railway tracks. The construction work was carried out by Head Wrightson on behalf of the London & South Western Railway and was completed in 1895. The original Locke span still stands unused on the upstream side.


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Opening Times:
Open at all times as a pedestrian bridge.

How To Find:

By road: The A3003 runs along the south bank of the river Thames at Barnes and passes beneath the bridge approach near Barnes Bridge Station. The old bridge lies upstream of the current railway bridge.

By rail: to Barnes Bridge Station from Waterloo.


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