Lady Bay Bridge

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Lady Bay Bridge
Lady Bay Bridge.jpg
Lady Bay Bridge
Coordinates52°56′34″N 1°07′53″W / 52.94285°N 1.13142°W / 52.94285; -1.13142Coordinates: 52°56′34″N 1°07′53″W / 52.94285°N 1.13142°W / 52.94285; -1.13142
CarriesRoad traffic
CrossesRiver Trent

Lady Bay Bridge is a road bridge of two lanes that spans the River Trent in West Bridgford, Nottingham. It is the bridge following (downstream) from Trent Bridge and connects the main thoroughfare of Radcliffe Road (on the south side) with Meadow Lane (on the north side).


Originally, the bridge was the rail crossing for the Midland Railway from Melton Mowbray to Nottingham Station (formerly known as Nottingham Midland);[1] when this line was abandoned in 1968, plans were made to convert the river crossing and so relieve pressure on Trent Bridge. However, these works were not complete until the early 1980s;[2] the bridge had a complete re-paint from July 2010 to early 2011, carried out by Nottingham-based company "Enderby Hyland". However evidence of a bridge in this area goes back as far as the Saxons who crossed in the same area. Then in the 15th century, when it was decided to build a bridge in this area, they used the original arches of Lady Bay bridge dating back to the 15th century.

In popular culture[edit]

The bridge was once used as an Eastern Bloc rail crossing in the 1982 TV Series Smiley's People based upon the novel by John le Carre that starred Sir Alec Guinness.

Next crossing upstream River Trent Next crossing downstream
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Lady Bay Bridge
Rectory Junction Viaduct
Nottingham–Grantham line 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Midland Railway: its rise and progress: A narrative of modern enterprise. Frederick Smeeton Williams. 1878
  2. ^ A New geography of Nottingham. S. Brazier, R. Hammond, S. R. Waterman. 1984.

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