Bridges have over the years enabled travelers to reach different areas, divided by valleys or by water, and often giving an incredible view. The UK is a region formed with areas surrounding rivers and lakes and hence many of the highest and longest bridges, flying over those rivers and lakes are found here. For people looking to drive along with these giants of man-made construction, here are the 5 longest bridges in the UK.
Here is a comprehensive list of the longest and highest bridges in the UK:
The Bromford Viaduct Bridge (5,600 metres) 18,373 feet
Although the UK boasts a series of incredible long bridges including the Tay Rail bridge, the QE II Bridge, and the crossing over river Severn. However, the Bromford Viaduct is the longest bridge comprising a 5.6k stretch of the M6 close to Birmingham. The bridge took 8 years to complete and carries traffic between junction 6 and 5, from Gravelly Hill to Castle Bromwich.
Second Severn Crossing (5,128 metres) 16,824 feet
Another spectacular stretch of a giant manmade structure is the M4 motorway bridge over river Severn between Wales and England. The second Severn Bridge was recently inaugurated by the Prince of Wales on 5th June 1996 to supplement the capacity of Severn Bridge.
The bridge marks the start of the Severn Estuary and the lower part of River Severn. It’s further southwest and since it’s closely along with the M4, it significantly reduces the length of the trip between Wales and England. The new bridge carries more traffic than the old Severn bridge, which is still being used. It’s wider than the old Severn Bridge with three lanes, compared to the original crossings two lanes, a narrow footpath, and a cycle path.
Tay Rail Bridge (3264 metres) 10,708 feet
Tay is the 7th longest river in the United Kingdom. The river is crossed by four bridges, the Perth Bridge, the Friarton Bridge, the Tay Road Bridges, and the Tay Rail Bridge.
Built-in 1887, the Tay Rail Bridge stretches 3.5km crossing between the Wormit suburb in Fife and Dundee. The bridge is a powerful double track structure made of steel and iron.
It was constructed after the first Tay Rail Bridge collapsed after a heavy storm back in 1879. It was a disastrous night because the train crossing at the time crashed into the river and killed everyone on board.
The Tay Rail Bridge has greatly improved infrastructure in the area making it easier to travel between cities and towns in the region including Aberdeen and Edinburgh. It also replaced the ferry service that often caused challenges with lorries and cars queuing to cross. The Tay Road Bridge carries about 26,000 cars every day.
Queen Elizabeth II Bridge (2,872 metres) 9,422 feet
Officially inaugurated by her majesty queen Elizabeth II in 1991, £120 million was spent to construct this bridge. It was the first bridge in the UK to be built at a new location alongside the River Thames for over 50 years. However, it has over the years proven valuable with the current traffic volume using this bridge being over 130,000 vehicles every day leading to major disruptions and hams that might appear to defeat the purpose of the entire exercise.
Queensferry Crossing (2,700 metres) 8,858 feet
Formerly the Forth Replacement Crossing, the Queensferry Crossing is a bridge in Scotland. Built along the Forth Road Bridge, the Queensferry Crossing carries an M90 motorway across the fourth road bridge between Fife at North Queensferry and Edinburgh at South Queensferry.
It’s the third road bridge across the Forth at Queensferry, along the Forth Rail Bridge and Forth Road Bridge built in 1890 and 1964 respectively. The bridge was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 4th September 2017.