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Augustus Way Bridge
Augustus Way, Brentford, London, UK
Augustus Way Bridge
associated engineer
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
date  1859
era  Victorian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  TQ175772
ICE reference number  HEW 2377
photo  Jane Joyce
At the point where Augustus Way crosses The Ham, south of High Street, Brentford, the wrought iron plate girders of Brunel's ex-railway bridge are visible reminders of the earlier industrial life of this now residential area.
The bridge was one of those built as part of the Great Western, Brentford & Thames Junction Railway constructed to link Brunel's Brentford Dock with the Great Western Railway at Southall. Brentford Dock closed in 1964 and the area was redeveloped for housing around the retained dock basin.
In the 1970s, the railway line was converted to a road - Augustus Way - and this bridge was converted for motor traffic. It crosses The Ham at a 45 degree skew. Its three wrought iron plate girders are of 'half-through' configuration, measure 53ft overall in length and are 5ft 3in deep. Their details are characteristic of Brunel's work - broad, light plates with shallow-headed rivets and they originally had widely spaced stiffeners. The bottom flanges are wider than the top ones, which have a distinctive segmental curved cross-section to increase buckling resistance. The top flanges of the hog-backed girder (middle of the road) have additional edge-stiffening angles.
The transverse deck beams were replaced, most likely in the early twentieth century, when extra stiffeners were also added and connection details improved. Precast pre-stressed concrete slabs now support the roadway. Brunel's brick abutments made early use of recessed panels for better weight distribution.
reference sources   CEH Lond
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Augustus Way Bridge