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Erskine Bridge

Erskine Bridge
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General Information

Completion: 1971
Status: in use

Project Type

Structure: Cable-stayed bridge
Function / usage: Motorway bridge / freeway bridge
Material: Steel bridge


Location: Old Kilpatrick, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Erskine, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Address: A 898
  • Clyde River
Coordinates: 55° 55' 12.36" N    4° 27' 45.31" W

Technical Information


main span 305 m
total length 1 321.87 m
clearance 45 m
span lengths of main bridge 110.00 m - 305.00 m - 110.00 m
deck deck width 31.25 m
pylon pylon height 38.00 m


deck steel
pylons steel


2 July 1971


4 August 1996

The bridge is damaged when an oil rig being towed down the River Clyde collides with the deck.

22 August 1996

The bridge re-opens to cyclists and pedestrians.

30 August 1996

Cars and motorcycles are allowed to use the bridge again.

22 December 1996

The bridge is re-opened for heavy goods vehicles as well. The cost of the repairs is GBP 3.6 million with a further GBP 700,000 in lost revenue from tolls.

31 March 2006

Tolls on the bridge are abolished.


Initial construction
Structural engineering
Stay cable steel supplier
Installation of new access system
Wind tunnel testing

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Relevant Publications

  • Fernández Troyano, Leonardo Tierra sobre el agua, Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, Madrid (Spain), ISBN 8438001483, 1999; pp. 621
  • Prade, Marcel Les grands ponts du monde: Ponts remarquables d'Europe, Brissaud, Poitiers (France), ISBN 2902170653, 1990; pp. 279
  • Roik, Karlheinz & Albrecht, Gert & Weyer, Ulrich Schrägseilbrücken, Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH, Berlin (Germany), ISBN 3433009244, 1986; pp. 31
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