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Churchill (Southgate) Bridge

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Churchill Bridge
Location Map ( geo)
Churchill Bridge, Bath - Geograph - 981904.jpg
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From:  Bath City Centre
To:  Wellsway
Highway Authority
Bath and North East Somerset
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Concrete Bridge
On road(s)
A36 • A367 • A3039
Crossings related to the A36

Churchill Bridge

The Churchill Bridge across the River Avon at the southern end of Bath City Centre is a relatively new structure. It was built in the 1960s to replace the earlier Southgate Bridge which marked the site of the original Roman Crossing. The bridge is dualled, albeit as little more than turning lanes for the junctions on either side of the river. On the south side, we meet the Roundabout (below), while to the north, traffic reaches a one-way system, which formerly included running around the reverse-dualled Ambury (to maintain two neighbouring one-way systems traffic appeared to flow on the wrong side of the central reservation), however with major redevelopment work ongoing in the area, the southbound lanes are currently (summer 2016) closed to traffic.

Southgate Bridge

The current Southgate Bridge is no more than a pedestrian crossing which leads to a subway under the A36 Claverton Street, and so to the residential areas of Holloway, Bear Flat and Beechen Cliff. However, for centuries this was the site of the main road crossing on the Wells Road. The Romans probably had a bridge here, and so the site was reused through the years until the planners of the 1960s decided that enough was enough. To be fair, the new bridge provides a much better connection onto the roundabout.

The Junction

The roundabout under the railway

The Junction between the A367 and A36 is an elongated roundabout underneath the Railway line. Originally, a much smaller roundabout existed here, using the twin portals of Brunel's Railway Bridge, but when the area was re-planned in the 1960s, Wells Road was re-aligned and the Churchill Bridge (above) built, to allow a much larger roundabout to be installed. At the north and west exits, the left hand lane is for turning only, allowing a freer flow onto the roundabout at these points too, albeit still with give-way lines to allow traffic on the roundabout to move for the next exit. However, the south and east exits don't offer this assistance, and with the added hindrance of an obscuring railway bridge, this can make entrance onto the roundabout from the west a tricky manouvere, especially if you aren't taking the first exit.


Route To Notes


Bristol (A4), Royal United Hospital, Wells (A39)


Warminster, RNHRD, Chippenham (A4), Stroud (A46), Motorway M4,


Radstock, Shepton Mallet (A37)
City Centre

Churchill (Southgate) Bridge
Related Pictures
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Churchill Bridge, Bath - Geograph - 981904.jpgChurchill Road Bridge, River Avon, Bath - Geograph - 179589.jpgRailway viaduct west of Bath Spa Station - Geograph - 451103.jpg
Crossings of the River Avon (Bristol & Bath)
AvonJoyces Pool Bridge • St John's Bridge • Malmesbury Bypass Bridge • Cow Bridge • M4 Viaduct • Christian Malford Bridge • Chippenham Bypass Bridge • Bath Road Bridge • Challymead Bridge • Staverton Bridge • Town Bridge (Bradford-on-Avon) • Stokeford Bridge • Bathampton Bridge • Batheaston Bypass Bridge • Cleveland Bridge • Pulteney Bridge • North Parade Bridge • Churchill (Southgate) Bridge • Midland Bridge • Victoria Bridge • Windsor Bridge • Destructor Bridge • Newbridge • Avon Bridge (Keynsham) • A4174 Bridge • Avon Bridge (Bristol) • Bath Bridge • Bedminster Bridge • Avon Bridge (Cumberland Basin) • Clifton Suspension Bridge • Avonmouth Bridge
Floating HarbourSwivel Bridge • Plimsoll Bridge
Junctions on the A36, A338 and A350
A36Redbridge Junction • Ower Interchange • Ower Roundabout • Brickworth Corner • Bourne Way Roundabout • College Roundabout • St Marks Roundabout • Castle Roundabout  • St Pauls Roundabout • Deptford Interchange • Knook • Cotley Hill Roundabout • Cley Hill Roundabout • Dead Maids  • Beckington Services Roundabout • Limpley  Stoke Viaduct • Churchill Bridge • Windsor Bridge • Twerton Fork
A338County Gates Gyratory • Bournemouth West Roundabout • Richmond Hill Roundabout • St Pauls Roundabout • Springbourne Roundabout • Cooper Dean Roundabout • Ashley Heath Roundabout • Blackwater Junction • Salisbury Road Junction • Harnham Junction • Exeter Street Roundabout • College Roundabout • Parkhouse Cross Interchange • Wickham Interchange • Tubney Wood Roundabout
A350Civic Centre Roundabout • The George Roundabout • Hunger Hill • Holes Bay Roundabout • Holes Bay North Roundabout • Upton Park Junction • Upton Roundabout • Jubilee Cross • Roundhouse Roundabout • Bailie Cross • Newton Cross • Royal Chase Roundabout • Ivy Cross Roundabout • Furzehedge Junction • Cley Hill Roundabout • Yarnbrook • Littleton Roundabout • Hampton Park • Western Way • Semington Road • Farmers Roundabout • Folly Lane • Lackham Roundabout • Rowden Roundabout • Chequers • Cepen Park South Roundabout • Bumpers Farm Roundabout • Brook Roundabout • Badger Roundabout • Malmesbury Road Roundabout • Plough Crossroads • Stanton St Quintin Roundabout

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