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Prince Street Bridge is a swing bridge across Bristol Harbour. It is now Grade II listed. The bridge carries a road from Prince Street to Wapping Road and is located between the Arnolfini art centre and M Shed museum.
The iron swing bridge was built in 1879 on the site of the ancient Gib ferry owned by the Dean and Chapter of Bristol Cathedral. It replaced a previous bridge built in 1809. In the 19th century tolls were charged for traffic over the bridge, with the toll house being burnt during the Bristol Riots of 1831.
The swing bridge is operated by water hydraulic power provided by the adjacent engine house and accumulator tower.
Repair work which commenced in August 2015 was expected to cost £400,000, however initial surveys found the corrosion was worse than initially expected and could now cost £1.2million. Some pressure groups have called for the bridge to be closed to cars permanently, allowing only cyclists and pedestrians to use it.
Prince Street Bridge Reviews
The Prince Street Bridge offers easy access to Wapping Wharf from the city centre. It's to be found at the south end of Prince Street and a short distance from it, on the Wapping Wharf side, you... more »
Walking across the water to M-Shed, we passed over the Prince Street Bridge, an interesting historic dock swivel bridge - well preserved and now used as a footbridge into the city dock area. Well... more »
I can't believe I'm reviewing a bridge but I have to commute across this atrocious monsterousity daily and hate it every time. Not enough room for pedestrians and cyclists on single lane traffic, not to mention having to wait 10 minutes every time a boat needs to get through whilst the bridge rotates and having incredibly slippery stone pavement leading up to it. I'm all for preserving Bristol's nautical heritage but not at the expense of practicality. Much better when they had the scaffolding bridge whilst it was being 'improved'.
waited over 7 minutes for the bridge to swivel, only to be confronted by a boat small enough to fit through the bridge unswivelled. WIll avoid in future.
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