Operational Note: Mechanical repairs to Prince Street Bridge

Operational Note: Mechanical repairs to Prince Street Bridge

Urgent work is needed to fix Prince Street Bridge so it can swing open for boats again.

The Grade II listed iron swing bridge, built in 1879 crossing Bristol Harbour, needs expert investigation as the mechanism that lifts the swing bridge has failed to function correctly.

The bridge is expected to remain open to pedestrians, cyclists and other traffic while the investigation and any work takes place. Mariners have been made aware of the issue. 

A spokesperson for Bristol City Council said: “We urgently need to repair a mechanism that allows Prince Street Bridge to swing open so our boating community can use this waterway. With a listed bridge such as this, we need expert engineers to assess the heritage mechanisms and carry out these essential repairs.”

Prince Street Bridge is a Grade II listed iron swing bridge built in 1879 that crosses Bristol Harbour, linking Bristol city centre and Spike Island. In 2017 the bridge structure was refurbished, due to its poor structural condition, but these works did not include the operational system.

Work has started today (20 May) to remove the press for full inspection, which is expected to take around two weeks. We will update mariners and the public as soon as we know more details.

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