Hay Bridge

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Bridge 26. Hay Bridge (occasionally spelt "Haye Bridge") allows the main road between Bridgnorth and Highley to pass underneath the Severn Valley Railway between the villages of Eardington and Chelmarsh, and is situated just South of Eardington Halt. Much of the bridge was replaced by the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society in 1975 as part of a programme of work to upgrade the line and increase the permitted axle weight of locomotives using it, although the main girder still carries a plaque showing “Brymbo 1861”.

The low clearance makes the bridge subject to strikes by road vehicles, a notable example being in April 1994 when a skip lorry demolished the west-side walkway and moved the main girders two feet out of alignment!

See also

List of infrastructure