Barmouth Toll Bridge

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Barmouth Toll Bridge Aug 21, 2010
This single-track, mainly wooden railway viaduct crosses the estuary of Afon Mawddach river; incorporated in the structure is a footbridge whereby pedestrians and cyclists can walk/cycle alongside the track across the river for a small toll.

At a distance of around 900m, the viaduct carries the Cambrian Line which runs from Shrewsbury to Pwllheli. The bridge was built by Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway, opening in 1867 and was the mastermind of Thomas Savin. Construction was often difficult due to the strong currents in the estuary and the lives of two men were lost as they drowned during construction. The original construction was entirely of wood and included a drawbridge section to permit the passage of tall ships; this section was rebuilt in 1901 as a swing bridge with two steel spans which, whilst still available, is rarely used.

With serious doubts regarding the safety of the wooden structure in 1980, a ban was imposed on locomotive-hauled trains with freight traffic re-routing via Maentwrog Road railway station and the Conwy Valley line. The main problem for the bridge was the the timbers were under attack from teredo worms who live in salt water and bore holes in timber to secrete their larvae.

In April 1986, the re-introduction of locomotive-hauled trains followed repairs which were conducted in 1985/6 and weight restrictions were further relaxed in 2005 after major repairs which allowed locomotive-hailed trains to again cross the Barmouth Bridge. Services run infrequently to Machynlleth.

TOLL PRICES (as at August 2012) :

Adults - 90p

Juniors (under 16) - 50p

Weekly (Adults) - £3.00

Weekly (Juniors) - £1.50

Annual tickets (Adults) - £20.00

Annual tickets (Juniors) - £10.00

Adults & Bikes - £1.50

Juniors & Bikes - 60p

Motorcycles & Adults - £2.50

But if you're really lucky, the staff will be on holiday and you can cross for free!
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