History of Peterborough bridges, Peterborough

13 January, 2016 | 18:30 - 20:00

A look into the bridges around Peterborough
A look into the bridges around Peterborough

About this event

The situation of Peterborough, divided north south by the River Nene, east west by the East Coast Main Rail Line and with the Fens to the east has resulted in Peterborough having over 300 bridges of various shapes and sizes.

There have been several separate periods when bridge building tool place. The earliest existing bridge is at Wansford, constructed in 1577, is on the original Great North Road. This was followed by many other bridges in the 17th Century along Kings Street and at Deeping Gate.

In the early 18th century many bridges were built over drains in the Fens and this was followed by the coming of the railway in the mid-19th century resulting in both road and rail bridges.

Much later the Development Corporation constructed the Parkway system in the 1970's and 80's resulting in many more bridges being constructed. The talk will also refer to more recent bridges.

19 of the bridges are listed including the only remaining cast iron bridge on a main rail line over the River Nene.

The talk is amply illustrated with photographs and will give engineers a chance to reflect on how design, material and technology has revolutionised bridge design over the past half millennium. It is also an opportunity to learn about some of Peterborough's rich engineering heritage.

This is a joint event with the Chartered institution of highways and transportation and Institution of Structural Engineers.


For more information please contact:

Phillip Mcloughlin
e: Phillip.mcloughlin@ch2m.com

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:


Brian Keegan

Brian Keegan began his career in the Water Industry in 1965, initially with the Greater London Council and then with Anglian Water, becoming Chartered in 1975 and progressing to the role Engineering Manager of the Lincoln Design Office.

Between 1999 and 2003 he was Assistant Head of Transport and Engineering for Peterborough City Council in charge of street lighting, drainage and bridges, hence his abiding interest in bridges.