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Union Bridge (Tweed)

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Union Bridge
Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Horncliffe
To:  Paxton
The Border!
Berwickshire • Northumberland
Highway Authority
Scottish Borders • Northumberland
Opening Date
Additional Information
List No:  1042214  (Grade I)
List No:  LB13645  (Cat A)
Bridge Type:  Suspension Bridge
Length:  137m (449 ft 6 in)
Engineer:  Samuel Brown
On road(s)
This article is about Union Bridge over the Tweed and English/Scottish Border.
For other Union Bridges, see Union Bridge

Union Bridge (also known as the Union Chain Bridge) is a small suspension bridge across the Tweed a few miles upstream from Berwick. It crosses from England to Scotland at the point where the Tweed ceases to be tidal. The bridge is still, just, open to traffic, carrying an unclassified road with a 2T weight limit, and bollards physically restricting the width of vehicles.

On the Scottish bank, the roadway passes through the narrow arch in the suspension tower to access the road deck. However, on the English bank the tower is set back behind the road which turns along the riverbank immediately. This creates an unusual asymmetric design.

In 2020, the bridge appeared on English Heritage's Heritage at Risk Register as a result of decay[1].


Union Bridge (Tweed)
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Crossings of the River Tweed and tributaries
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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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