Barnes Railway Bridge
Carries South West Trains Hounslow Loop Line
Maintained by South West Trains
Design Girder
Total Length
Clearance Below
Opening Date 1895

Barnes Railway Bridge crosses the River Thames in London in a northwest to southeast direction at Barnes. It carries the South West Trains Hounslow Loop Line, and lies between Barnes Bridge and Chiswick stations. It can also be crossed on foot, and is only one of three bridges in London to combine pedestrian and rail use; the others being the Fulham Railway Bridge and Hungerford Bridge.


The original bridge at this location was built in 1849 to a design by Joseph Locke and looked very similar to the original Richmond Railway Bridge which he also designed.

The replacement bridge, designed by Edward Andrews, is three spans of wrought iron bow string girders carrying two railway tracks. The construction work was carried out by Head Wrightson on behalf of the London & South Western Railway and was completed in 1895. The original Locke span still stands unused on the upstream side.

The bridge was given protection as a Grade II listed structure in 1983.

University Boat RaceEdit

Boat Race at Barnes Bridge 2003 - Oxford winners

Boat Race approaching Barnes Bridge viewed from the Middlesex (North) bank [2003 - Oxford ultimately won by only one foot


Barnes Bridge is also a landmark often quoted for The Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge, because it is suggested that whichever crew is ahead at this point will win the race. In 2003 the crews were in almost equal position approaching the bridge and Oxford ultimately won the race by just one foot.

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