Built as part of the A69(T)
Bypass for Corbridge and Hexham, it crosses the River Tyne just down stream
from the "Meeting of the Waters" - the point where the North
and South Tyne rivers join to form the main River Tyne.
is built virtually on the site of the failed second crossing ( see above
) and suffered the same problems due to flooding, poor river bed etc.
but these were eventually overcome. It has since required further strengthening
Counties Rail Bridge
Just down river
of the Constantium Bridge can be seen the remains of the rail bridge -
only stumps of the wooden piers remain in the river. This was where the
Newcastle to Carlisle railway had a branchline up the North Tyne valley
to Kielder. When the line was closed by Dr. Beeeching the bridge was blown
up by explosives.
the Newcastle to Carlisle railway over the River South Tyne just above
the "Meeting of the Waters"
Originally there was a ferry here which was
superseded by a chain suspension bridge in 1826. This later collapsed
under the weight of a threshing machine and was rebuilt only to be eventually
replaced by the present three arch stone bridge in 1903. The old toll
house remains on the south side.
Hadrian's Cycleway NCN 72 crosses this bridge