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Preston Pipe Bridge

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Preston Pipe Bridge
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Preston Pipe Bridge over the River Tees
Coordinates54°32′1.1″N 1°19′24″W / 54.533639°N 1.32333°W / 54.533639; -1.32333
CarriesWater supply pipes
CrossesRiver Tees
LocaleBorough of Stockton-on-Tees, England, United Kingdom
Official namePreston Pipe Bridge
OwnerNorthumbrian Water
Preceded byYarm Bridge
Followed byJubilee Bridge
DesignTied arch
MaterialConcrete and steel
Longest span210 feet (64 m)
No. of spans1
Piers in water0
Constructed byDowsett
Construction end1959

The Preston Pipe Bridge carries three water pipes across the River Tees north of Ingleby Barwick in the borough of Stockton-on-Tees in the north-east of England. The bridge is situated over five kilometres upriver from Stockton town centre, and some 660 feet (200 m) upriver from Jubilee Bridge.


Preston Pipe Bridge is a 210 feet (64 m) span tied arch bridge with concrete abutments[1][2] and supplies water to southern Teesside.


The bridge was built in 1959 by constructor Dowsett to carry two 33 inches (84 cm) diameter water pipes across the Tees.[1][2] The bridge arch, weighing 200 tonnes was assembled on the Durham bank from prefabricated parts and rolled out across the river on a temporary Bailey bridge, then moved sideways onto its pre-prepared concrete abutments.[1]


A third pipe was added in 1979 and there is strictly no public access across the bridge.[2] The bridge is best accessed on foot from the Jubilee Bridge along the river bank. The additional third pipe allowed for the removal a nearby single pipe bridge.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Kenyon, Chris. "A Trip up the Tees". Tees Rowing Club. Archived from the original on 8 May 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Preston Pipe Bridge". Bridges on the Tyne. Retrieved 17 July 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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