Kincardine on Forth Bridge

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Kincardine on Forth Bridge
Stirlingshire, Perthshire
Kincardine Bridge.jpg
The Kincardine Bridge
Type: Swing bridge
Carrying: A985 road
Crossing: River Forth
Grid reference: NS92568716
Location: 56°3’55"N, 3°43’38"W
Length: 2,697 feet
Main span: 364 feet
Type: Swing bridge
Built 1932-1936
Architect: Donald Watson

The Kincardine on Forth Bridge is a road bridge which carries the A985 across the broad River Forth just downstream of the Clackmannanshire Bridge. It runs from Stirlingshire (at a point just south of Airth) to Kincardine on Forth in a detached part of Perthshire isolated between Clackmannanshire and Fife.


A map of the bridge area from 1945

The bridge was constructed between 1932 and 1936, to a design by Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners, Consulting Engineers,[1] and architect, Donald Watson. It was the first road crossing of the River Forth downstream of Stirling, completed nearly thirty years before the Forth Road Bridge, which today stands 15 miles to the south-east.

The bridge was constructed with a swinging central section which remained in use until 1988, that would allow larger ships to sail upstream to the small port at Alloa.

The swing span, from the new Clackmannanshire Bridge

The bridge is part of the A985 road (formerly A876), and carries a single lane in each direction. Until the opening of the Clackmannanshire Bridge in 2008, it was the customary diversion route for traffic north from Edinburgh and the eastern counties when the Forth Road Bridge was closed or under repair. As a result of the additional traffic using the bridge at these times, joining the high volume of regular commuter traffic, the town of Kincardine was frequently congested.

Second bridge

On the bridge

The original bridge, at over 70 years old, was showing its age the limits of its design. The new Clackmannanshire Bridge[2] was opened on 19 November 2008.[3]

The original bridge was given Category A listed status in 2005,[4][5] and was closed temporarily for upgrading works in 2011.

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Bridges and crossings on the River Forth
Cambuskenneth Bridge Taylorton Bridge Clackmannanshire Bridge Kincardine on Forth Bridge Queensferry Crossing Forth Road Bridge Forth Bridge