Bourne End Railway Bridge

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Bourne End Railway Bridge
Buckinghamshire, Berkshire
Bourne End Railway and Foot Bridge.JPG
Bourne End Railway Bridge
showing cantilevered footbridge
Carrying: Marlow Branch Line
Thames Path
Crossing: River Thames
Location: 51°34’30"N, 0°42’51"W
Design: Box girder and cantilever
Material: Iron
Built 1895

Bourne End Railway Bridge is a railway bridge carrying the Marlow Branch Line, and a footpath over the River Thames between Bourne End, Buckinghamshire and Cookham, Berkshire. It crosses the Thames on the reach between Cookham Lock and Marlow Lock. The county border here runs along the northern bank, placing the majority of the bridge in Berkshire.

The bridge was originally constructed in wood by Isambard Kingdom Brunel as part of the Wycombe Railway, opened in 1854 and operated in broad gauge until 1870.[1] The narrow spans were unpopular with river traffic and it was reconstructed in steel in 1895. A footbridge, cantilevered out from the railway bridge was added in 1992, to take the Thames Path across the river.[2]

In 2013, the bridge was restored and repainted in green, and a large number of rivets which had rusted away were replaced. The restoration took nearly a year to complete, being finished in December.[3] The line is due to be electrified by 2019.[4]

See also


  1. B.B. Wheals (1983). Theirs were but human hearts. H.S. Publishing, Bucks. p. 113. 
  2. Cove-Smith, Chris (2006). The River Thames Book. Imray Laurie Norie and Wilson. ISBN 0-85288-892-9. 
  3. "Bourne End railway bridge work 'finished by winter'". Maidenhead Advertiser. 13 Aug 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  4. "Electrification for Bourne End and Marlow rail". Bucks Free Press. 21 Jan 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-10.