Bridge FSS1 500 - Mansell Street, London, UK
N 51° 30.617 W 000° 04.376
30U E 703110 N 5710635
Quick Description: This is one of many bridges that carries trains into Fenchurch Street railway station from the east of the City and DLR trains into Tower Gateway station.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 7/1/2012 2:48:34 AM
Waymark Code: WMERA4
photo was taken from a footpath that is about 30m to the south of the bridge.
Footpaths pass under the bridge on both sides of the road so
there are opportunites for photos from many different angles.
Much of this railway track used to be elevated with a
continuous string of arches supporting the tracks. In many locations, such as
this one for example, the arches were not suitable for vehicular traffic passing
below them due to limited height at the sides of the arches. Many of the arch
bridges that crossed roads have been replaced, over the years, with girder
bridges that give a consistent height across the road.
This bridge has a three lane road passing beneath it in a
north to south direction. A clearance height is not shown but, in general they
have a clearance of 15 ft 06 in.
As well as the mainline trains, that use Fenchurch Street,
this bridge also carries DLR trains to/from Tower Gateway Docklands Light
Railway (DLR) station. These trains are driverless.
The east side of the bridge support has a piece of 'art'
stretching its full length and is called "The River Mural". At the
northern end is a plaque about it (see photos). The left part of the panel
"The River Mural by East End artist Varvara Shavrova
assisted by hostel residents, volunteers and carpeneter John Sprange, created
during a residency at 'Look Ahead Housing and Care's' Aldgate hostel for single
homeless people from September 1998 to February