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The Tamar Bridge at 60, webinar

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 19 October 2021
  • 13:00 - 14:00
The Tamar Bridge at 60, webinar

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This year, the Tamar Bridge - the iconic structure in South West England connecting Devon and Cornwall - celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Join the Tamar Crossings team as they reflect on some of the challenges they have faced in maintaining the bridge. They'll discuss how things have changed over six decades and consider what the next sixty years might bring.

The Tamar Bridge was opened on 24 October 1961. Mott Hay and Anderson designed what was to be the first significant post-war suspension bridge, and the longest ever in the UK. The bridge main span (between towers) is 335 metres, and with side spans and approach spans the whole structures is 642 metres long.

The bridge carries the A38 trunk road across the River Tamar between the City of Plymouth on the east bank and the town of Saltash on the west bank. It’s used by over 16 million vehicles a year – ten times the number carried in the early years. On a busy weekday over 50,000 vehicles use the crossing which is owned and operated jointly by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Councils.

This webinar is jointly hosted by ICE South West's Plymouth and Truro City Clubs.

Image credit: Trevor Burrows


David List BSc, MBA CEng FICE

General Manager, Tamar Crossings

David List

A manager and Chartered Engineer with a strong academic background and over 35 years of experience in the civil engineering field, of which 15 years has been in a general business management role. David manages two tolled river crossings with approximately 18 million vehicle crossings per annum and income of £10 million per annum, with approximately 115 staff.

His civil engineering experience has been both in the UK and overseas, involving a wide range of projects, including marine works, reclamation, roads and drains, bridges and both steel and RC structures, in roles ranging from feasibility study to final account. He is a UK cable supported bridges representative at the Bridge Owners Forum and one of two European members on (ICSBOA) permanent body. He is a member of UK Bridge Managers Group (managers of long span cable supported bridges), delegate and presenter at International Cable supported Bridge Operators’ Association Conference (ICSBOAC), and co-author of papers on structural health monitoring with Professor James Brownjohn and Dr K Koo of Sheffield University.

Richard Cole BSc MBA IEng MICE MCHIT

Engineering Manager, Tamar Crossings

Richard Cole

Richard has overall responsibility for managing the engineering, construction, maintenance and inspection functions at both the Tamar Bridge and shore facilities at the Torpoint Ferries. His projects have included electronic toll collection, Rendel Park Remediation Project, Tamar Bridge Access Gantries Principal Inspection, Main Deck Resurfacing Project, Illuminated Lane Studs Project, Bridge Access Improvement Project, Tamar Bridge Recoating Project, and Bridge Office Development Project.

Beverley Urbans MEng CEng MICE

Associate Director, Transportation, AECOM

Beverley Urbans

Beverley Urbans is an Associate with AECOM and has been involved with long span bridges since 1995, predominantly based on site. Projects have included Tamar Bridge strengthening and widening, main cable works at the Forth Road Bridge and Severn Bridge and an on-site structural advisory role for Network Rail on the Royal Albert Bridge refurbishment.

She is also part of the AECOM term consultancy team providing inspection and maintenance advice at the Tamar Bridge and site assistance on various maintenance contracts.

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United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Lidia Pearce

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