Tamar Bridge

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Tamar Bridge
Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Plymouth, Devon
To:  Saltash, Cornwall
Cornwall • Devon
Highway Authority
Highways England
Opening Date
£1.50 less than 3.5t MGW, vehicles over 3.5t MGW, towing or have 3 or more axles, are charged more {correct as of 09/12/16}
On road(s)

The Tamar Bridge on the A38 forms the major of two crossings of the River Tamar between Plymouth and Cornwall (the other being the Torpoint Ferry on the A374). The suspension bridge was built to carry a three-lane tidal flow road (reversible middle lane) and opened in 1961 with toll booths located on the Plymouth side. In 1999-2001 it was widened by the addition of two cantilevered lanes, one on each side of the existing deck – the first suspension bridge in the world to be widened by such a method.

The present five lanes (counting from north to south) carry:

  • eastbound local traffic from Saltash
  • eastbound through traffic from Cornwall
  • east or westbound through traffic (tidal flow)
  • westbound traffic to Saltash and Cornwall
  • a footpath and cycleway.

Tolls are collected for all vehicles when travelling Cornwall to Devon only; pedestrians and cyclists are free.

External links

Tamar Bridge
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A38 Tamar Suspension Bridge - Coppermine - 18059.jpgBigL IMG 20180710 121025011.jpgRiver Tamar Bridges - Geograph - 13936.jpgTamar Bridge looking east.jpgTamar Bridge toll booths and canopy - Geograph - 206735.jpg