Network Rail hails Britain’s most treasured bridges
Network Rail is highlighting both The Forth and The Britannia bridges as two of the most treasured and recognisable features of the British railway network.
Both bridges are admired the world over for their pioneering designs and methods of construction.
The Forth Bridge was opened in 1890 and still holds the record as the longest cantilever bridge in the world. It was the first major structure in Britain to be made of steel and its construction resulted in a continuous East Coast railway route from London to Aberdeen.
The Britannia Bridge was completed in 1850 and at the time of construction had the longest continuous wrought iron span in the world. Devastated by fire in 1970, the bridge was rebuilt using the masonry supports used in the original structure, restoring a vital rail link across the Menai Strait.
A testament to the quality and innovation of their engineering, both bridges remain an integral part of Britain’s railway, serving millions of passengers every year.