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Tweed Bridge (Galashiels)

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Tweed Bridge
Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Galashiels
To:  Selkirk
Highway Authority
Transport Scotland
Opening Date
1831, 1974
On road(s)
This article is about Tweed Bridge south west of Galashiels.
For other Tweed Bridges, see Tweed Bridge

The historic Rink or Tweed Bridge crosses the River Tweed just upstream from its confluence with the River Ettrick. The A7, which formerly crossed the bridge, then crossed the Ettrick further upstream at the Ettrick Bridge. However, when the A7 was upgraded, one new bridge was built downstream of the confluence. The old bridge remained in use as an unclassified road until 2011 when structural weaknesses closed it to vehicles.

Rink Bridge

Rink Bridge

The old bridge is a 3 stone arch structure, with two main arches crossing the river and a smaller flood arch on the south bank. The roadway is just about wide enough for a narrow S2 road to cross, as testified by the surviving white centre line. However, without pavements or pedestrian refuges it must have been a dangerous place for walkers when the A7 still crossed.

The arch rings are all decorated by means of alternating the stones between yellow and red stone, set against the grey rubble of the main structure. Above the two main arches, four raised shields sit in the spandrels, and between them the cutwaters rise as shallow ashlar piers with additional decoration as they reach the cornice line and coping stones. The bridge was opened by Walter Scott, making it a popular tourist attraction.

The New Bridge

The new bridge

Built in 1974 to relieve the two older structures, the modern bridge provides a wider and straighter alignment through the Tweed and Ettrick valleys for the A7. It crosses the river at a significant skew, with three spans separated by continuous stone-faced piers in the river bed. The piers then support steel girders carrying the road itself.

Tweed Bridge (Galashiels)
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Crossings of the River Tweed and tributaries
River TweedMerlindale Bridge • Crownhead Bridge • Manor Bridge • Tweed Bridge (Peebles) • Innerleithen Bridge • Ashestiel Bridge • Yair Bridge • Tweed Bridge (Galashiels) • Galafoot Bridge • Melrose Bridge • Drygrange Bridge • Mertoun Bridge • Kelso Bridge • Hunters Bridge • Coldstream Bridge • Ladykirk & Norham Bridge • Union Bridge • Berwick Bypass Bridge • Royal Tweed Bridge • Berwick Bridge
River TillTwizel Bridge • Twizel New Bridge • Heatherslaw Bridge • Ford Bridge • Redscar Bridge • Doddington Bridge • Weetwood Bridge • Fowberry Bridge • Chatton Bridge
River TeviotTeindside Bridge  • Branxholm Bridge • Martins Bridge • Albert Bridge • North Bridge • Denholm Bridge • Ale Bridge • Ancrum Bridge • Nisbet Bridge • Kalemouth Suspension Bridge • Teviot Bridge
Ettrick WaterEttrick Bridge • Carterhaugh Bridge • Selkirk Bridge • Ettrick Bridge (Lindean)
Yarrow WaterBroadmeadows Bridge • Generals Bridge

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