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Itchen Bridge

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Itchen Bridge
Location Map ( geo)
Itchen Bridge - Geograph - 445909.jpg
View of the Itchen Bridge from the southwest
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From:  Southampton
To:  Itchen
Location
Southampton
County
Hampshire
Highway Authority
Southampton
Opening Date
13 July 1977
Toll
60p peak (cars)
50p off peak (cars)
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Concrete Bridge
Length:  800m (2624 ft 8 in)
On road(s)
A3025

The Itchen Bridge is a tolled crossing of the River Itchen in Southampton, carrying the A3025 from Southampton city centre towards Woolston and Hamble, avoiding a four mile detour. It opened in 1977 and replaced an older floating bridge in the same location. It is 870 yards long and 92 feet above water at its highest point.

There had been plans to build a bridge in this location for many years. In the 17th century, a swing bridge was planned, but stopped by the Admiralty as it could block river traffic. The floating bridge, a cable ferry, opened on 23 November 1836. A second ferry was added in 1881, and the operation was sold to the Southampton Corporation in 1934.

Construction of the present bridge began in 1974 and planned to take three years. It opened for traffic on 1 June 1977, with the floating bridge closing at the same time. Upon opening, crowds from either side of the Itchen came to shake hands with each other. An official opening ceremony took place a few weeks later on 13 July with Princess Alexandra.

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Itchen Bridge
Related Pictures
View gallery (11)
The Itchen Bridge, Southampton - Geograph - 1733248.jpgToll Bridge at Woolston - Geograph - 598874.jpgItchen Bridge - Geograph - 22418.jpgItchen Bridge 2.jpgItchen Bridge tolls.jpg
Crossings of the River Itchen
Seward's Bridge • Easton Bridge • City Bridge (Winchester) • Black Bridge • St Cross Bridge • M3 Bridge • Norris's Bridge • Bram Bridge
High Bridge • Bishopstoke Bridge • M27 Bridge • Mans Bridge • Woodmill Bridge • Cobden Bridge • Northam Bridge • Itchen Bridge • Itchen Chain Ferry


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