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About a century - and only yards - apart Nov 30, 2010
There are numerous bridge across the upper reaches of the River Tamar (review) but until 1859, when the Royal Albert Bridge was opened, the only way of crossing the lower reaches was by ferry. The Royal Albert was/is a rail bridge and when I was young in Plymouth, the approach to south-east Cornwall by road was by one of the chain ferries at Torpoint (which still operates) or at Saltash. In 1961 the Tamar (road) Bridge was opened and the Saltash Ferry closed.
Both bridges were the state of the art at their time. The engineer for the Royal Albert bridge was Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The technical aspects are way beyond me but the website is particularly good on this. It should be stressed that this was not only the rail link from Plymouth to south-east Cornwall but from London and bristol to the whole of Cornwall, the railway line (GWR) going right to Penzance.
The Tamar Bridge, at the time of its opening was the longest suspension bridge in England. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamar_Bridge for details. The main route for traffic from up country is still the A30/303 or the A30/M5 much farther north but the Tamar bridge is the link between Plymouth and Cornwall and many others use it one way or other to create a circuit.
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