Opened in 1960, and owned by British Rail, it is the third in a series of bridges to link the island to the mainland.
There is only one other bridge of this design in the world. A lifting bridge has always been needed because the demands of the railways which could not cope with the steep inclines on approaches to a tunnel or high span bridge.
Written: 1st August 1999
There is much talk of a second crossing to complement the existing bridge, However this will only cater for road traffic, and how this increased emphasis on the motor car will affect road use on the island is hard to say.