Vauxhall Bridge facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsVauxhall Bridge
|Carries||4 lanes of roadway, cyclists, and pedestrians|
|Preceded by||Regent Bridge (Old Vauxhall Bridge) 1816–1898|
|Material||Steel and granite|
|Total length||809 feet (247 m)|
|Width||80 feet (24 m)|
|Number of spans||5|
|Piers in water||4|
|Clearance below||39 feet 9 inches (12.1 m) at lowest astronomical tide|
|Designer||Sir Alexander Binnie,
Sir Maurice Fitzmaurice
|Opened||26 May 1906|
|Daily traffic||50,533 vehicles (2004)|
The building of both bridges was difficult, with both the first and second bridges needing multiple redesigns from multiple architects. The original bridge, the first iron bridge over the Thames, was built by a private company and was run as a toll bridge before being taken into public ownership in 1879. The second bridge, which took eight years to build, was the first in London to carry trams and later one of the first two roads in London to have a bus lane.
The present bridge is most significant for road traffic across the Thames.
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Diverted outflow of the River Effra into the Thames, beneath Drury's Science
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