The Cleddau Bridge


The Cleddau Bridge

The Cleddau Bridge avoids a detour of 48km around the upper reaches of the Cleddau waterways. Before the bridge opened in 1975, a ferry shuttled between the shores. The final version of the ferry could carry 24 vehicles and 250 pedestrians per crossing.

The development of the Milford Haven waterway as a centre for oil imports and refining was the catalyst to the bridge’s construction. The project included the smaller bridge over Westfield Pill, north of the main span. The £2.1m construction contract was awarded in September 1968, with the aim of completion by March 1971. However, a section of the bridge collapsed on 2 June 1970, killing four workmen but fortunately missing any people in the hamlet of Pembroke Ferry below.

Construction resumed in 1972. The bridge opened four years later than planned. In its first year of operation, c.886,000 vehicles used it. In 2008-09 the Cleddau Bridge carried more than 4,600,000 vehicles. Bridge strengthening works and resurfacing were carried out from 2002 to 2004, at a cost of £4.4m.

The bridge’s main span is 213 metres long and provides at least 37 metres of headroom above the water. It carries the A477 road, the Wales Coast Path and National Cycle Network Route 4.

The bridge is owned and operated by Pembrokeshire County Council. A toll was charged for road vehicles (but not for pedestrians and cyclists) until April 2019, when the Welsh Government awarded the council £3m per annum to cover the loss of revenue.

Postcode: SA72 6EG    View Location Map

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