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New Speybridge

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New Speybridge
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From:  Grantown on Spey
To:  Speybridge (South)
Grantown on Spey
Inverness-shire • Moray
Highway Authority
Opening Date
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Concrete Arch Bridge
On road(s)
A95 • A939
The New Speybridge

The New Speybridge was built in 1931 to replace the ancient Old Speybridge a little further downstream, which was built in the 1750s as part of the Military Road from Perth to Fort George on the Moray Firth. It is, as most bridges built in the Highlands in the 1930s were, a Concrete S2 structure with pedestrian footways. The single span is a very shallow arch to remove the need for any supports in the river and yet minimise the gradient required on the road. This also allows the river to pass through unobstructed when in Spate. At 240ft, it was the second longest concrete span in the UK when built. It is now a Category B listed structure.

The piers on either bank rise up in semi-circular drums to form pedestrian refuges at the four corners of the structure, the stonework of the parapets being replaced with panelled concrete sections. Beyond these, the parapets curve out as wing walls, terminating at square concrete blocks topped with shallow pyramids. At the centre of the crossing, another concrete panel in the parapet carries brass plaques on either side. One is the date'stone', the other marks the boundary between Inverness-shire and Moray. On the outside of the parapets, below these panels and acting as decorative keystones, are two large panels bearing the date '1931'.

The bridge carries the A95 / A939 multiplex south from Grantown, as it has done since about 1946 when the A939 was extended south to Deeside. The two routes have met at the roundabout at the north end of the bridge since the very short Grantown bypass was built in the 1980s, but before then, the multiplex between the two routes started further north in Grantown itself. The bypass, although only half a mile long, therefore cut off a lengthy, and slow detour through the town, just as the bridge had removed a slow section of road along the riverbank and over the narrow old bridge half a century before.

New Speybridge
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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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