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Queen Alexandra Bridge

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Queen Alexandra Bridge
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Additional Information
List No:  1207052  (Grade II)
Bridge Type:  Truss Bridge
Max Span:  91m (298 ft 7 in)
Clearance:  26m (85 ft 4 in)
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The Queen Alexandra Bridge crosses the River Wear on the in Sunderland, carrying the B1539. It is a steel truss bridge with four asymmetric spans, one across the river and the other three across low-lying land on either bank.



The bridge was built to allow easier access for road and rail traffic to the Port of Sunderland from the coalfields to the west. The bridge was completed in 1909 and opened to traffic in June of that year. Like the nearby High Level Bridge it was built as a double-decker bridge, with railway tracks on the upper deck and a roadway below; however the rails fell out of use in the early 20th century and were subsequently removed. The bridge was extensively renovated in 2005 and 2006 at a cost of £6.3m.


The Queen Alexandra Bridge was originally classified as the B1290, which it remained until it was upgraded to primary A1231 when the new radial route with that number was completed in the 1970s. In 2018, the A1231 was re-routed onto the newly built Northern Spire and the bridge was assigned its current number.

Queen Alexandra Bridge
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Crossings of the River Wear
Wearhead Bridge • Daddryshield Bridge • Stanhope Bridge • Witton Bypass Bridge • Newton Cap Viaduct • Croxdale Bridge • Shincliffe Bridge • Baths Bridge • New Elvet Bridge • Elvet Bridge • Prebends Bridge • Framwellgate Bridge • Milburngate Bridge • Lumley Bridge • Wear Viaduct (A1(M)) • Lambton Bridge • Chester New Bridge • Chartershaugh Bridge • East Bridge • Hylton Viaduct • Northern Spire • Queen Alexandra Bridge • Wearmouth Bridge

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