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Carron Bridge (Speyside)

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Carron Bridge
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From:  Carron
To:  Carron House
Banffshire • Moray
Highway Authority
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Bridge Type:  Iron Arch Bridge
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 • unclassified
This article is about Carron Bridge across the Spey near Aberlour.
For Other Carron Bridges, see Carron Bridge

At first glance the bridge at Carron is a very odd structure indeed. Whilst the bridge deck is clearly wide enough for two-way traffic, it is blocked off to form a single carriageway on the northern side of the bridge. So, is the structure dangerous? Has there been an accident? Does it carry a footway? Well, the last is true, but the full history is much more interesting!

The Bridge

The bridge's main span is a magnificent Cast Iron arch of approximately 150 feet. It springs from a pair of rough rubble stone abutments built on the very edge of the river banks, each of which has a floodwater arch behind before the land climbs steeply, but briefly, out of the Spey's flood channel.

The Railway

The reason why this bridge has a blocked off carriageway is that it was built in 1863 as part of the Great North of Scotland Railway's Strathspey line. Whether it replaced an earlier road bridge or a ferry crossing is not certain. Nor is it clear why the road wasn't made two-way when the railway closed, although the lack of traffic may have meant it was never deemed necessary. Being an unclassified road it will seldom be busy. Today the bridge carries the road and the Strathspey Way which utilises the railway's half of the bridge.

It is perhaps interesting to consider that this bridge was completed nearly 40 years before the Connel Bridge on Scotland's west coast, which was also used to carry a road, but on a much narrower deck. Therefore with the closure of the railway line, the Connel Bridge is still only able to carry one-way traffic, controlled by traffic lights!

Carron Bridge (Speyside)
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Crossings of the River Spey & Tributaries
River SpeyGarva Bridge • Spey Dam Bridge • Laggan Bridge • Spey Bridge (Newtonmore) • Ruthven Bridge • Kincraig Bridge • Spey Bridge (Aviemore) • Boat of Garten Bridge • Broomhill Bridge • New Speybridge • Old Speybridge • Cromdale Bridge • Advie Bridge • Blacksboat Bridge • Carron Bridge (Speyside) • Craigellachie Bridge • Boat O'Brig • Fochabers Bridge
River FiddichBridge of Fiddich • Bridge of Poolinch • Bridge of Auchindoun • Bridgehaugh
Avon & LivetBridge of Avon (Ballindalloch) • Silver Bridge (Strathavon) • Bridge of Avon (Tomintoul) •  • Drumin Bridge • Bridge of Livet (Glenlivet) • Bridge of Livet (Tomnavoulin)
River DulnainDulnain Bridge • Carr Bridge • A9 Dulnain Bridge • Sluggan Bridge
Other Tributary CrossingsTromie Bridge • Feshie Bridge • Coylum Bridge • Nethy Bridge

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