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Greyhound Bridge
River Lune, Lancaster, Lancashire
Greyhound Bridge
associated engineer
J.H. Strang
date  1910 - 28th October 1911
era  Modern  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SD476621
photo  Paul Dunkerley
The current road bridge at this spot (1910-11) was preceded by two railway viaducts, the first of which was built in laminated timber to carry the Midland Railway to Poulton-le-Sands in 1849.
The opening in 1849 of a direct rail connection between towns in Yorkshire and the growing seaside resort of Poulton-le-Sands led to the popularity of that resort — later renamed Morecambe — because of the easy access. The engineer for the original timber viaduct was J. Watson.
In 1862-4, the viaduct was replaced in wrought iron. This bridge was curved in plan to a radius of 590ft. It had 10 spans of 50ft and 40 degrees of skew.
The third bridge is the current one. It opened to rail traffic 1911. It was converted for use by road traffic in 1971-2. Its engineer, J.H. Strang, was Lancaster City Engineer & Surveyor. He worked in consultation with (Sir) James Drake, Lancashire County Surveyor & Bridgemaster.
The bridge carries the northbound lanes of the A6 to Carlisle and the A589 to Morecambe.
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Greyhound Bridge